Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper (Ypres)

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Menin Gate Memorial straddles one of the main roads that led soldiers to the front line during World War I and commemorates fallen soldiers whose graves are unknown. Some 54,896 names of Commonwealth soldiers who gave their lives during the war are inscribed on a memorial wall. The triumphal arch, designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield, leads to a barrel-vaulted passage through the mausoleum. You'll feel the weight of these soldiers' sacrifice as you read through thousands of names of missing and unaccounted-for men. The memorial gate attracts hordes of visitors to a ceremony held nightly to honor the brave soldiers. Every night since July 2, 1928 (except during occupation in the Second World War), local police have stopped traffic on the street while buglers have played "Last Post" to show gratitude for the men who gave their lives for Belgium's freedom. To visit Menin Gate Memorial on your holiday in Ieper (Ypres), and find out what else Ieper (Ypres) has to offer, use our Ieper (Ypres).
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  • Remember The Great War by walking in Ypres. Beautiful and great monument in the middle of the town. 14-18.  more »
  • Makes you become silent An absolute must-do, both during the day as at night. Very impressive to pay respect to the ones that shall never be forgotten  more »
  • U really really must go!! It's just so moving. They blow the trumpets every single night . Even in this modern day and age. It attracts thousands of people! U can actually feel the soldiers with u in spirit as the trumpet players sound out. 😐😐
  • Lovely Builders, very friendly people. The gate itself is a great tribute to those that lost there lives and I found it incredibly moving, we went to the evening service there very well populated by all ages and nationalities. The atmosphere also some but gratifying. A visit to do I feel
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