ANZAC Day: Speech

25/04/2023 – Speech by Benoit Mottrie, Chairman of the Last Post Association On the early morning of 25 April 1915, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on the rocky shoreline of the Gallipoli peninsula in what is now modern day Turkey. It was their first significant action in the First World War, fighting […]

Armistice 2022: Speech

Address by Benoit Mottrie, Chairman of the Last Post Association Premier, minister, excellenties, burgemeester, dames en heren, ladies and gentlemen, At the time, people believed that the First World War would be the war to end all wars.Sadly, it wasn’t.Just twenty years later, the world was in flames again, and even as we speak armed […]

Enjoy the concert 2022

Welcome on one of the concerts 2022 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: 11/11/2022: start at 17.00 (doors open at […]

Remembrance Day 11/11/2022

Armistice 2016

On Armistice Day, 11th November 2022, 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 […]

Concert on Armistice

Last Post Association organises its 17th remembrance concert during this year’s Armistice  commemorations On Friday 11 November and Saturday 12 November 2022, the Last Post Association will be organising the 17th edition of its ‘The Great War Remembered’ concert, held in the unique setting of Ieper’s St. Martin’s Cathedral. The soloists for this edition are […]

Tribute Queen Elizabeth II

The Last Post Association and the City of Ieper will organise a tribute and a moment of reflection for HM Queen Elizabeth II on Friday 9 September 2022 at 8 p.m. during the daily Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ieper. A short address will be held and representatives of the City of […]

105 Years 3rd Battle of Ieper

30/07/2022 – Speech by Benoit Mottrie, Chairman of the Last Post Association Dear ladies and gentlemen, We are here this evening to commemorate the 105th anniversary of the start of the Third Battle of Ypres. On occasions like this, it is customary to express our gratitude for the gifts of peace and freedom that such […]

Speech 94 years Last Post

25/04/2022 – Speech by Mathieu Mottrie, Vice-Chairman of the Last Post Association Dear ladies and gentlemen, Welcome to the 94th anniversary of the Last Post ceremony. Tonight, the Last Post will sound for 32550th time, under this Menin Gate. Since the 2nd of July 1928, the Last Post Ceremony seeks to express, day after day, […]

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 […]