Wednesday, 26 April 2017

EYBB honours fallen soldiers WWI

Every day, just before 8 o'clock in the evening, the local police stops traffic around the Menin Gate. This huge gate is a memorial monument to the missing British and Commonwealth soldiers who died during WW1 (1914-1918). For a few brief moments, the modern world is brought to a stop and the Last Post ceremony takes us back in time to the terrible and turbulent years of the Great War, as we pause to remember our dead.

Menin Gate - Ieper 


More than fifty thousand names are listed below and next to each other on the panels. These unknown or unidentified soldiers are still lying on the cemetries or in the fields of Ieper. Sometimes parts of a soldier are found because of digging activities. Once identified as those of a missing Brit, they are buried at an official ceremony. After that, his name is removed from the Menin Gate. 

The Menin Gate was chosen as the location for the ceremony because of its special symbolic significance: it was from this spot that countless thousands of soldiers set off for the front, many of them destined never to return. Originally, the Last Post was a bugle call used in the British Army (and others) to signal the end of the day. In the context of the Last Post ceremony, it represents a final farewell to the fallen. 

After visiting the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 and the Tyne Cot Cemetery, the EYBB has the honour to play a few hymns and to lay down a wreath at the Menin Gate. An unique experience for these young musicians from all over Europe!

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