The Last Post at the Menin Gate

The Last Post Association, founded in 1928, is responsible for the organisation of this daily act of homage.

To honour and remember the soldiers who gave their lives for our freedom

MISSON and symbolism

The Last Post Association is an independant, voluntary and non-profit-making organisation of local people from Ieper. It was this association that first founded the Last Post Ceremony back in 1928 and it is still responsible for the day-to-day running of this unique act of homage.

It is a tradition that the buglers of the Association should wear the uniform of the local volunteer fire brigade, of which they are all required to become members.

The Last Post was a bugle call played in the British Army (and in the armies of many other lands) to mark the end of the day’s labours and the onset of the night’s rest. In the context of the Last Post Ceremony (and in the broader context of remembrance), it has come to represent a final farewell to the fallen at the end of their earthly labours and at the onset of their eternal rest.

True to its statutes, the Last Post Association wishes to honour and remember the soldiers of the British Empire who gave their lives during the Great War of 1914-1918. The Last Post Ceremony seeks to express, day after day, the lasting debt of gratitude which we all owe to the men who fought and fell for the restoration of peace and the independence of Belgium.

With the passage of time, the meaning of the ceremony has become broader and deeper. When the bugles now blow, we no longer remember simply the fallen of the British Commonwealth, but also their comrades-in-arms from Belgium, France and many other allied nations, who willingly made the supreme sacrifice.

We remember, too, that many died on the other side of No Man’s Land: enemies then, but partners now in a united Europe. In this sense, the Last Post Ceremony is not only a mirror reflecting Europe’s troubled past, but also a beacon of hope for all our futures.

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Bezoek aan de Last Post in Ieper

Similarly, the Reveille was a bugle call played at the beginning of the day, to rouse the troops from slumber and to call them to their duties. In the context of the Last Post Ceremony (and in the broader context of remembrance), the Reveille symbolizes not only a return to daily life at the end of the act of homage, but also the ultimate resurrection of the fallen on the Day of Judgement.

The Last Post at the Menin Gate

MILESTONES IN OUR HISTORY

1927
1928
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1929 ® IFFM
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The volunteers of the Last Post Association

Who’s who

The team

Buglers

  • Rik Vandekerckhove (Chief Bugler)
  • Tonny Desodt
  • Raf Decombel
  • Jan Callemein
  • Christophe Wils
  • Filip Deramoudt

Ceremonial assistants

  • Brian Claeys
  • Gilbert Denturck
  • Emmanuel Waelkens
  • Youri Van Miegroet

Pipers

  • Pierre Dervaux
  • Gil Vermeulen

Photos and videos

  • Jan Matsaert
  • Francis Vanwynsberghe
The members
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The board
  • Benoit Mottrie OBE MNZM OAM, Chairman
  • Guy Gruwez OBE MNZM OAM MSM, Hon. Chairman
  • Philip De Bruyn – Vice-Chairman Finance
  • Mathieu Mottrie – Vice-Chairman Operat
  • Carl Denys – Press Officer
  • Charles Vermeulen – Director
  • Philippe Dochy – Director
  • Patrick Donck – Director
  • Jacques Ryckebosch – Director
  • Hans De Keyser – Director
  • Cédric Jacques – Director
  • Ian Connerty – Secretary (Ceremonies)
  • Jan Matsaert – Secretary (Administration)
The members
THE PAST

Chairmen:

  • Pierre Vandenbraambussche (1928-1936)
  • Richard Leclercq (1936-1946)
  • Jan Vanderghote (1946-1953)
  • Florimond Van de Voorde (1953-1966)
  • Guy Gruwez (1966-2006)

Buglers:

  • Eugene Angellis (1927-1940)
  • Henri Lacante (1927-1940)
  • Cyriel Demeulenaere (1927-1950)
  • Jozef Arfeuille (1928-1955)
  • Albert Catteeuw (1935-1960)
  • Maurice Baratto MBE (1944-1980)
  • Daniel Demey MBE (1945-1995)
  • Antoine Verschoot MBE (1954-12/12/2015)
  • Jan Roose (1960-1968)
  • Albert Verkouter MBE (1966-2010)
  • Martial Verschoot (1980-1987)
  • Michel Ghesquiere (1983-2003)
  • Filip Top (2007-28/06/2016)
  • Dirk Vandekerckhove (1984-16/01/2019)

Ceremonial assistants:

  • Michel Ghesquiere (2003-20/10/2016)
  • Eddy Vandermeersch (09/2017-25/11/2018)

Piper:

  • Eric Remy (2007-17/10/2016)
The members

Read more about what the Last Post Association does

Report of activities

The Last Post Association is an independant, voluntary and non-profit-making organisation of local people from Ieper. It was this association that first founded the Last Post Ceremony back in 1928 residents and it is still responsible for the day-to-day running of this unique act of homage.

You can find our annual reports of activities for recent years on the right.