ANZAC Day: Speech

25/04/2022 – Speech by Benoit Mottrie, Chairman of the Last Post Association Nowadays, there is much talk about the need for solidarity.  Europe is in crisis.  Some elements of our way of life seem under threat.  Only solidarity can save us, or so we are told. In 1914, Europe was also in crisis.  Then, too, […]

Graham Parker: Rest in Peace

Lt Col (Retd) Graham Parker, OBE: Rest in Peace It is with deep regret that the Last Post Association has been informed of the passing of Colonel Graham Parker. Graham was not only a loyal supporter of the Last Post Association over four decades, but was also one of the finest champions of the wider principles […]

The lesson from the past

Message from the Last Post Association For nearly a century (ever since July 1928), the Last Post Association has sounded the Last Post every day under the Menin Gate Memorial in Ieper to commemorate those who died during the First World War. This daily tribute reminds us of the terror and horror of all wars, a […]

Last Post & COVID

Update: As of 07/03/2022, all restrictions have been cancelled. As a result of the most recent changes to the COVID regulations in Belgium, with effect from Friday 18 February 2022 it will no longer be necessary to wear a face mask during the Last Post ceremony. It will however still be necessary to have a […]

Two new ceremonial assistants

The Last Post Association is pleased and proud to announce that the organisation has recruited two new ceremonial assistants to swell its ranks; namely, Bart D’Hulster and Johan Moors. In their new role, they will provide support for the daily Last Post Ceremony in Ieper. Vacancy For the first time in its 93 year history, […]

Last Post & COVID

With effect from today, Monday, 22 November 2021, access to the Last Post Ceremony will only be possible with a COVID Safe Ticket (confirming double vaccination, recovery from infection, or the results of a negative PCR test within the last 48 hours). Please have the necessary documentation ready for presentation when you arrive at the […]

Armistice 2021: Speech

Address by Benoit Mottrie, Chairman of the Last Post Association Premier, Minister, burgemeester, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, dames en heren, This ceremony marks the 103rd anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that brought to an end the Great War of 1914 to 1918. Last year, on this same day, for reasons that everyone will […]

93 Years LPA: speech

Address by Chairman Benoit Mottrie 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 32,185 times, a record of dedication to the memory of those who died for our freedom of […]

93 Years Last Post Association

On Friday, 2 July 2021, the Last Post Association will celebrate the 93rd anniversary of the first playing of the Last Post under the Menin Gate Memorial in Ieper with a special commemorative ceremony at 8 o’clock in the evening. The musical accompaniment for this ceremony will be provided by the Royal Ypriana Concert Band. […]

ANZAC Day: Speech

25/04/2021 – Speech by Benoit Mottrie, Chairman of the Last Post Association Burgemeester, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, We are meeting here today in strange and difficult circumstances. Never since the very first ANZAC Day ceremony in Ieper, held in 1967, have there been so few people present at this annual act of remembrance to commemorate […]