Last Post, Ieper (Ypres)

The Last Post Association is an independent, voluntary, non-profit-making organisation. It was the Association that first founded the Last Post Ceremony back in 1928, and it is the Association that is still responsible for the day-to-day organisation of this unique act of homage. It also administers the Last Post Fund, which provides the financial resources necessary to support the ceremony. It is a tradition that the Buglers of the Association should wear the uniform of the local volunteer. Fire Brigade, of which they are all required to become members.



The Last Post was a bugle call played in the British Army (and in the armies of many other lands) to mark the end of the day's labours and the onset of the night's rest. In the context of the Last Post ceremony (and in the broader context of remembrance), it has come to represent a final farewell to the fallen at the end of their earthly labours and at the onset of their eternal rest.



Similarly, the Reveille was a bugle call played at the beginning of the day, to rouse the troops from slumber and to call them to their duties. In the context of the Last Post ceremony (and in the broader context of remembrance), the Reveille symbolises not only a return to daily life at the end of the act of homage, but also the ultimate resurrection of the fallen on the Day of Judgement.

The Last Post takes place every evening at 8.00 PM.

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De Last Post Association is een Ieperse vrijwilligersorganisatie. De vereniging werd opgericht in 1928 en organiseert sindsdien elke avond de Last Post plechtigheid. Zij stelt zich tot doel deze traditie eeuwig in stand te houden.



De Last Post Association wil bijdragen tot alles wat de betekenis van de hulde kan versterken en ook eerbied wekken voor alles wat de Menenpoort vertegenwoordigt: het offer en het lijden, maar ook de solidariteit, het plichtsbewustzijn en de heldhaftigheid van de soldaten die aan de strijd deelnamen.



Het is een traditie dat de klaroeners van de organisatie het uniform van de vrijwilligers van de lokale brandweer dragen, waartoe ze behoren.



De organisatie beheert eveneens het Last Post fonds, dat de financiële middelen voorziet voor de ondersteuning van de plechtigheid.

De Last Post vindt elke dag om 20.00 uur plaats.
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  • I attend the last post ceremony every time I visit the beautiful town of Ypres. The respect shown by the visitors and the local population moves me all the time , being a veteran of the Armed Forces I...  more »
  • in tribute to the thousands who fell, daily there’s an ceremony which has continued since the end of ww1 - apart from when the Germans came during ww2. The road is shut for approx 30 minutes from 8:45...  more »
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  • If you're gonna go anywhere in Ypres go here. (At 8pm.) Irregardless of whether you have an interest in the war the war, the ceremony at 8pm is a must watch. It's a once in a lifetime for people who live in a different country and to experience the dedication and art of all parties involved makes you appreciate all the soldiers that died fighting for others (those from your own country and the opposing). Such a great atmosphere, giving you a lost in time type of feel as you stand watching and listening to the trumpets, marches and speeches in the yellow-hued night.
  • What a great experience. Every night at 2000hrs.
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