How can I take part in the ceremony?
You do not need to notify your attendance at the Last Post Ceremony in advance, unless you intend to lay a wreath. The Last Post is a public ceremony at which all our welcome on the basis of ‘first come, first served’. If you wish to lay a wreath, there is an application form on our website.
Can I order a wreath from you?
As far as the wreath is concerned, there are generally three options, all equally acceptable (but all action to be taken by you).
- Bring one with you.
- Buy a traditional RBL poppy wreath from the local Ypres branch of the Royal British Legion (email@example.com). The Tourist Offiice on the market square (firstname.lastname@example.org) also has a supply of these wreaths.
- Order one from a local florist. Cost varies in accordance with your own wishes, beginning at around £ 15.00 / 20 euros.
Is it possible to reserve a place?
It is not possible to reserve places for everyone who asks and therefore the only fair thing to do is to reserve places for no-one. Visitors are therefore expected to find their own place in one of the public areas. The only exceptions to this rule are wreath-layers and those with a physical or mental limitation, for whom there is a reserved area.
When do I need to arrive?
The ceremony is attracting large crowds during the current centenary period, so that prompt arrival is recommended. What is ‘prompt’? It differs from evening to evening, but most evenings the Menin Gate is already pretty full by a quarter past seven (the ceremony begins at eight o’ clock).
Are there special arrangements for people with a limitation?
Yes, wheelchair-users and others with severe physical or mental limitations are found a special place.
How long does the ceremony last?
It depends on the number of participants on the evening in question. The ceremony is seldom shorter than 10 minutes long, and seldom longer than 25 minutes.
Can I applaud?
The Last Post is a remembrance ceremony. For this reason, the LPA thinks that applause is not appropriate, either during or after the ceremony.
How can I find a soldier on the Menin Gate
The Last Post Association has developed, in close collaboration with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, an app for anyone planning to attend the daily act of remembrance under the Menin Gate. Through the app you can find all of the more than 54,000 soldiers who are commemorated on the Menin Gate, with the panel on which they are mentioned and with a detailed map of the Menin Gate. You can remember an individual soldier through the app. The app offers you also more information on the Last Post Association and the Menin Gate.
Can I take photographs?
Taking your own photographs from the public areas is allowed, but not from the area reserved for wreath-layers. Filming of the ceremony is possible with the prior permission of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but must take place from a static position indicated by the LPA officials.
Where can I find photos of the ceremony?
The LPA has a number of volunteer photographers but they cannot be present every evening. Any photos that are taken are eventually posted on our website. They can be requested free of charge by mail to email@example.com. Please indicate the date and the number(s) of the photo(s).
Can I bring my pets?
Dogs are welcome on a lead and providing they are well-behaved. The owners of any animals that disturb the serenity of the ceremony may be requested to leave.
Where can I park?
There is parking in all the streets near the Menin Gate, but places are always at a premium. The nearest larger parking areas are on the Market Square (Grote Markt), between the cathedral and the town hall (Vanderpeereboomplein) and near the sports centre in the Leopold III-laan (all between 500-750 metres from the Menin Gate). There is also parking on the ring road (about 1500 yards from the Gate).
Is there public transport after the ceremony?
Bus services are very irregular after nine o’clock in the evening. The last trains from Ieper to Kortrijk leave at twenty past nine and twenty past ten. Your ultimate destination and the number and timing of any connections you need to make will determine how feasible the use of public transport is in your particular case.
How can I support the Last Post Association?
You can become a (lifetime) member of the Last Post Association.
You can find all the information here.
How can I order my Last Post lapel badge(s)?
You can show your support for the Last Post Association by wearing our lapel badge. Click here to order your lapel badge(s) of the Last Post Association.