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  1. froghopper43

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    We are in Belgium over Christmas. Does the ceremony at menin gate Ypres take place Xmas eve and Xmas day. Google gives conflicting answers.
     
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    the last post ceremony is performed every day except Christmas's day
    bill
     
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    Thanks very much. Google says no Xmas eve !!!!!!!!
     
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    I thought it was every single day.
    To get a definitive answer, "from the horse's mouth" so to speak, contact the Last Post Association direct
    http://www.lastpost.be/en/contact
     
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    I to thought it was every day.

    tip: Get there early, as it can get very busy
     
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    Menin gate update.. Cwh thanks again. Contacted last post association. Had a great reply. The last post IS played every day of year... Any body else over 23/24 Dec maybe a coffee. We will be camped along river. If
     
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    What a humbling experience it is.

    We went about 3 years ago and it was packed.
     
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    We went there a few years back - as said very moving - get there early - we used to go to a lovely restaurant on the town side - left hand side. Good food and good service then wander up to Menin Gate just after 7.30 ready for 8pm local time - never any guarantees to how many buglers will appear. Plan on going again in the not too distant future - so much to see there
     
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    we have just come back today after two week's in France and Belgium
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    Read somewhere recently that the average per day is around 1000.
     
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    I took my sea scouts there about 20 years ago when we were camping near Ghent. I was very proud of them and their turnout and they were very interested when we looked at the records afterwards.
     
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    I have ben several times when there has only ben 30/40 and sum nights several hundred
    bill
     
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    I visited recently on s sat night they had a marching band possibly Scott's fusiliers and the Flanders fields bikers. Very moving will return I parked just round d corner of the museum
     
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    We visited summer 2013 and it was packed. An English school choir sang, it was all very moving. Long may it continue
     
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    We'll be there on Tuesday...
     
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    I am no fan of the Bagpipes, for many years it seemed to me to be the sound of cats being abused, but when we heard the bagpipes being played within the Menin Gate in the evening service my perception of them changed.

    The acoustics in the Gate are quite phenomenal and the sound of the bagpipes is exceptionally inspiring.

    With a silent crowd the rousing emotional music brings many to tears as they remember the dead.

    I would suggest you also visit Tyne Cot Cemetery, about five miles from Ypres, and take time to reflect at the waste of life that lies under the immaculate lawns and ground of the Cemetery.

    There is a video of the approach to Tyne Cot among my videos.

    TYNE COT 2.jpg Menin Gate at Night.jpg
     
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    Thank you for all the response.. To the member who said they will be there over Xmas. I apologise I am having laptop trouble. I would have liked to reply direct. But messages keep. Vanishing... Spent its me !!!!!!!!
     
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    Who saw Last Night`s Festival of remembrance?. The Thing that moved me most. I think, was the Young Blind Soldier who spoke the opening message. and his absolute Trust in the Officer who walked and talked him through it!.

    Pete
     
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    Very moving Pete
     
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    It realy was. He humbled many people with his bravery
     
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