Ypres - the Menin Gate
One can’t fail to be impressed and moved by the sight of the Menin Gate in Ypres (Ieper), Belgium. Here, the names of 54,900 Commonwealth soldiers are carved and commemorated – men who perished in the Ypres Salient in World War I and whose bodies were never identified or found. A further 35,000 names are recorded at the nearby Tyne Cot memorial.
Designed by Reginald Blomfield in 1921, the Menin Gate was opened in 1927. Every evening at 8pm, traffic is stopped and buglers sound the Last Post in a continuing gesture of gratitude by the people of Ypres to those who died for Belgium's freedom. Except for the occupation by enemy forces in World War II, this ceremony has been held daily since 1928.
Other images of the Menin Gate and the daily ceremony that takes place there are here.