• Menin Gate
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Ypres and the Great War

Menin Gate

The Menin Gate is the most famous Commonwealth war memorial in Flanders. It was built in classic style after the design by Sir Reginald Blomfield. It stands on the site of the old Antwerp Gate. Tens of thousands of soldiers passed through this gate on the way to the front. Many of them never to return.

It was officially inaugurated in 1927. This gate displays the name of 54.896 soldiers missing in the Ypres Salient between the outbreak of the war and 15 August 1917. Because the gate was too small to hold the names of all the missing, those who were lost after this date (a further 34,000) are commemorated on the panels of the Tyne Cot Memorial in Passendale.

Every evening at 8 pm the Last Post is sounded. http://www.lastpost.be/