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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  • Beautiful memorial in the centre of Ypres. The police close the gate off for a few minutes for the duration of the Last Post. Have noticed in the past that Police Officers have been known to lift... 
    Beautiful memorial in the centre of Ypres. The police close the gate off for a few minutes for the duration of the Last Post. Have noticed in the past that Police Officers have been known to lift...  more »
  • Covered in the names of 54,000 men and women with no known graves the Menin Gate is a fitting memorial to the ones we lost from all over the world. 
    Covered in the names of 54,000 men and women with no known graves the Menin Gate is a fitting memorial to the ones we lost from all over the world.  more »
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  • The magnificent size of this memorial really puts into perspective how many lives were lost. Walking around seeing all the names has an impact on you. And then you think that that's not even all the lives lost. Tyne Cot up the road has several thousand more. Then there's France. Powerful.
  • This is a very beautiful entrance gate to the inner city. The names on the walls are impressive. It makes you very humble and thankful for what those men and women did for our freedom. Lest we forget!

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