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 […]

Armistice 2019: Speech Chairman Benoit Mottrie

Armistice 2016

Special Last Post 11 a.m. Burgemeester, Excellenties, Ladies and gentlemen, dames en heren,  This is the first 11 November ceremony since the end of the centenary celebrations that took place between 2014 and 2018. Many people have suggested that this period of remembrance might be the last major commemoration of the Great War. After all, […]

75 years resumption of the Last Post after the liberation on 06/09/1944

75 years resumption of the Last Post after the liberation on 06/09/1944

Speech Chairman Benoit Mottrie During the 20th century, it was necessary to fight two world wars before the peoples of Europe finally found a way to live together in peace, freedom and harmony. These two world wars were part of the same process. The one has no meaning without the other. As a result of […]

75 years of continuous Last Post ceremonies

Last Post Associaton Ieper / ypers

Special Last Post on 6 September 2019 6 September 2019: the City of Ieper and the Last Post Association commemorate 75 years of continuous Last Post ceremonies and the liberation at the end of the Second World War. On Friday, 6 September 2019 a special ceremony will be held in Ieper to commemorate the 75th […]

Photobook: The Last Post Ceremony during the centenary of the Great War

The Last Post ceremony during the centenary of the Great War

Photos from the period 2014-2018 The years between 2014 and 2018 saw a series of events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great War. This was a unique period, as people from the four corners of the world flocked to Ieper to pay tribute to their fellow countrymen who fought and died in Ypres […]

Armistice 2018

Armistice 2018: speeches Chairman Benoit Mottrie

Speeches Benoit Mottrie, Chairman of the Last Post Association 11/11/2018 – 11.00 uur Minister president, burgemeester, gouverneur, excellenties, ladies and gentlemen, dames en heren, The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Armistice Day, 1918. A moment that will live in history. And what a remarkable moment it must have been for […]

Inauguration of the replica’s of the Menin Gate Lions

Inauguration of the replica's of the Menin Gate Lions: speech chairman Benoit Mottrie

Speech Benoit Mottrie, Chairman of the Last Post Association – 05/11/2018 Dit is een historische dag voor alle Ieperlingen, maar zeker ook voor alle medewerkers van de Last Post Association. Wij zijn vereerd onze bijdrage te Hebben kunnen leveren tot de terugkeer van de Leeuwen aan de Menenpoort. We are grateful to all all public […]

Welcome to the lions

The Menin Gate lions are returning permanently to Ieper The Menin Gate lions are coming home. The Australian Government has gifted replica Menin Gate lions to the people of Belgium as a permanent reminder of their dedication to remembering Australia’s sacrifice in the First World War. The City of Ieper, the Australian Government and the […]