Newsletter April 2017
Special Last Post - 24/04/2017: Return Menin Gate Lions.
During the First World War the two stone lions stood at the Menin Gate through which thousands of Australian and other Allied troops passed on their way to the Western front. In 1936, they were gifted by the City of Ieper to Australia. The lions are now back in Ieper as part of the 100th anniversary commemorations of the Third Battle of Ieper. Read more.
© Australian War Memorial
The unveiling and inauguration of the ‘Menin Gate Lions‘ will take place during a special Last Post Ceremony on Monday, 24 April 2017 at 8.00 PM.
All members of the Last Post Association who would like to be present at this special ceremony are kindly requested to reserve their tickets (max. 2 tickets per member) on firstname.lastname@example.org by 15/04/2017 at the latest.
The Last Post Association would like to express a big thank you to the Australian War Memorial (Canberra, Australia) and specifically to Dr. Brendan Nelson, director of the Memorial and patron of the Last Post Association, for this temporarily visit of 'our' lions. And also a big thank you to all the other parties making this visit possible.
Anzac Day - 25/04/2017.
Traditionally on 25th April, the day of the landing in Gallipoli, the Australian and New Zealand communities remember the fallen of their countries during the Great War.
Our buglers will participate in the services at Buttes New British Cemetery (Registration) in Zonnebeke and Tyne Cot Cemetery in Passendale.
Important Australian and New Zealand delegations will attend the special Last Post Ceremony on Tuesday 25/04/2017 at 11.15 hrs at the Menin Gate. All members of the Last Post Association are invited to attend these ceremonies.
Centenary of Passchendaele - The Third Battle of Ieper - 30 & 31/07/2017.
The commemoration of the Third Battle of Ypres, commonly known as Passchendaele, will take place on 30 & 31/07/2017.
All members of the Last Post Association are invited to follow the traditional Last Post Ceremony on 30/07/2017 on the large screen on the market square in Ieper. Registration is however necessary. Due to security reasons, access to the Menin Gate will not be open to the public.
The ceremony will be followed by a series of live performances in Ypres’ rebuilt Market Square, that tell the story of the Battle. Images and film will also be projected onto the town’s famous Cloth Hall.
On 31 July 2017, the centenary of the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres, the focus will shift to the 12,000 graves and 35,000 names on the Memorial Wall to the Missing at the Tyne Cot Cemetery, which bears witness to the ferocious battle. The ballot has now been closed.
Our members support us.
The Last Post Association is an independent, voluntary, non-profit organisation. It was the Association that first founded the Last Post Ceremony back in 1928, and it is the Association that is still responsible for the day-to-day organisation of this unique act of homage. A (lifetime) membership of the Last Post Association offers you an opportunity to support us and helps people to remember and understand the meaning of our daily tribute.
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Thanks to Olivier Rys & Eric Remy.
We recently said goodbye to Olivier Rys who was a member of our board for several years. He was responsible for leading the ceremony during his days of duty under the Menin Gate. We also appreciated in particular his efforts for the recognition of the Last Post as intangible cultural heritage.
We would also like to thank piper Eric Remy who was our piper for many years. We could and can always count on Eric when needed as well as on the Ypres Surrey Pipes & Drums where Eric is one of the key persons. Welcome to pipers Pierre Dervaux and Gil Vermeulen as his successors.
Many thanks Olivier and Eric !
The Last Post Association is an independent, voluntary, non-profit organisation. It was the Association that first founded the Last Post Ceremony back in 1928, and it's the Association that today is still responsible for the day-to-day organisation of this unique act of homage under the Menin Gate in Ieper.