VE-Day: Speech

08/05/2024 – Speech by Benoit Mottrie, Chairman of the Last Post Association Ladies and gentleman, dames en heren, Let me first welcome our guests from the United States from the Doughboy Foundation. They have started a daily Last Post Ceremony at the new World War I Memorial in Washington which will be unveiled in September. […]

Household Cavalry: Speech

04/05/2024 – Speech by Benoit Mottrie, Chairman of the Last Post Association Lord Astor, Gen Smyth Osbourne, Col Griffin, esteemed guests, ladies and gentlemen, On May 4, 1924, exactly a century ago today,  Field Marshall Haig unveiled the HH Cavalry Memorial in Zandvoorde. The memorial is erected on hallowed ground, purchased by Lady Worsley to […]

Household Cavalry comes to Zandvoorde and Ypres

Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May 2024 The Household Cavalry is coming to Zandvoorde (Zonnebeke) and Ypres during the weekend of 4 and 5 May 2024. This is to mark the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of the memorial column for the Royal Household Cavalry in Zandvoorde. They will also hold a short tattoo on […]

ANZAC Day: Speech

25/04/2024 – Speech by Benoit Mottrie, Chairman of the Last Post Association Minister, Burgemeester, Excellenties, Ladies and gentlemen, dames en heren, Welcome to this 108th commemoration of ANZAC Day, for the very first time not in our usual setting under the Menin Gate, but, exceptionally, here alongside Sir Reginald Blomfield’s magnificent memorial. The work that […]

Armistice 2023: Speech

Address by Benoit Mottrie, Chairman of the Last Post Association At the Imperial War Museum in London, a quote attributed to Plato reads, ‘Only the dead know the end of war.’ Sadly, recent history suggests that he might be right. This time last year, our thoughts were focused on Ukraine. Today, our minds are full […]

Enjoy the concert 2023

Welcome on one of the concerts 2023 in the cathedral of Ieper. Please read the guidelines below to make the concert an unforgettable experience. The Last Post Association wishes you a beautiful concert. Timing On the exception of last minute changes, the concerts will take place as follows: 11/11/2023: start at 17.00 (doors open at […]

Remembrance Day 11/11/2023

On Armistice Day, 11th November 2023, a special Last Post will take place at 11.00 AM. Members of the Last Post Association who would like to be present at the 11.00 AM ceremony are kindly asked to request their tickets. In view of the significance of the date, a lot of people are again expected […]

93 years Last Post Association

02/07/2023 – Speech by Benoit Mottrie, Chairman of the Last Post Association This ceremony marks the 93rd anniversary of the Last Post, which was played under this memorial for the first time on 2 July 1928. Since then, it has taken place no less than 32,915 times, a record of dedication to the memory of […]

LPA delegation visits the US

On Monday, June 5th 2023, the Ypres’ Last Post Association travels to New York and Washington.  The delegation consists of vice-chairman Mathieu Mottrie and buglers Raf Decombel and Jan Callemein. They travel to the US at the invitation of the Doughboy Foundation and Taps for Veterans, who also want to start a daily Last Post […]

Last Post as of 17 April 2023

DURING THE RESTORATION OF THE MENIN GATE, THE LAST POST CEREMONY WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE PLACE EACH DAY AT 8.00 P.M.. The restoration of the Menin Gate has started on 17 April 2023. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission aims to complete the works by May 2025. From Thursday evening 27 April 2023 the daily  Last Post Ceremony will […]