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 […]

Jacky Platteeuw deceased

Jacky Platteeuw, director of the Last Post Association, deceased

Director of the Last Post Association It’s with great sadness that we have to report the death of Jacky Platteeuw, director of the Last Post Association. On request of Guy Gruwez, Chairman at that time, Jacky joined the Association in 1998. He was a strong defender of the mission of the Last Post Association to […]

A remarkable year

14/03/2020 – 14/03/2021: A remarkable year. For the first time since the very first Last Post on Monday, 2 July 1928 (*), spectators were not allowed to attend the daily Last Post Ceremony under the Menin Gate on Saturday, 14 March 2020. The reason: COVID-19, which a year later is still having an impact on […]

Livestream 32,000th Last Post

On Tuesday 29 December 2020, the buglers of the Last Post Association sounded their 32,000th daily tribute to the fallen of the Great War at the Menin Gate in Ypres. The ceremony on 29/12/2020 was livestreamed through the Facebookpage of the Last Post Association at 8 p.m. (time in Ypres). Click here to review this […]

Update COVID-19: No public

Daily Last Post again without public from 29 October 2020 The Flemish Government announced new corona measures on 27 October 2020. Therefore, the daily Last Post ceremony will once again be required to take place without public, and this with effect from Thursday, 29 October 2020. The ceremony will be restricted to an absolute minimum: […]

Newsletter October 2020

Remembrance Day – 11/11/2020 The special Last Post at 11,00 hrs on Armistice Day will take place, but this according to the applicable COVID-19 measures. On Armistice Day, 11th November 2020, a special Last Post will take place at 11.00 AM. Due to COVID-19, social distance is applicable and therefore the tickets for our lifetime […]

Update COVID-19: Public attendance resumes

Communication by the Last Post Association Ieper From 1 July 2020: (limited) public attendance resumes at the Last Post ceremony In recent months, the Last Post Association has done everything possible to ensure the continuity of the daily Last Post ceremony. Now that the corona regulations are starting to be relaxed, from Wednesday, 1 July […]

Update COVID-19: March-June 2020

Communication by the Last Post Association Ieper Update 09/06/2020 Last Post ceremony with public attendance from 1 July 2020 In view of the relaxation of the corona measures announced by the National Security Council on 3 June, it is intended to allow members of the public to once again attend the Last Post Ceremony with […]

Royal Ypriana Wind Band to celebrate 100th anniversary in UK

Concerts on 16 & 17/04/2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19 During 1920 amongst the ruins of a devastated city of Ypres, people gradually started rebuilding their homes and their lives. Musicians that had earlier been part of several ensembles joined forces and decided to establish a new music society, named YPRIANA. The band has played a […]