Ypres Salient WW1 Events

Standards marching at the Menin Gate on 11 November.

This page provides information about events related to the First World War taking place on and around the Ypres Salient battlefields. Index of listed events:

Remembrance Ceremonies

Daily Last Post Ceremony

The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing
The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing.

Every Day — 20:00 hours

The Menin Gate, Ypres - Ieper

At 8 o'clock (20.00 hours) every evening the traffic through the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing is stopped and buglers of The Last Post Association play Last Post followed by Reveille in a moving ceremony.

Details of the Last Post Ceremony

Monthly Last Post Ceremony - Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing

The Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing
The Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing.

Every first Friday of the month at 19:00 hours

Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing

The Last Post is played at the memorial on the first Friday of every month at 7 o'clock (19.00 hours). The ceremony was first started on the 7 June 1999 and is organized by the Comité du Memorial de Ploegsteert.

Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing

ANZAC Day Programme

5th Australian Division Memorial, Buttes New British Cemetery
5th Australian Division Memorial, Buttes New British Cemetery

25 April 2018

Locations: Buttes New British Cemetery, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke; Menin Gate Memorial

Open to all and Free

The ANZAC Day programme of events is organized by the Australian Embassy and New Zealand Embassy in Brussels in association with the Belgian municipal authorities of Zonnebeke, Ypres and Comines-Warneton. Groups and individuals wishing to attend are advised to contact the Australian or New Zealand Embassies in Brussels.

For the contact email, for full information about the ANZAC Day Programme in Belgium, the shuttle bus provision, what to expect and how to prepare visit the website for the Australian Embassy to Belgium and Luxembourg and Mission to the European Union & NATO or the New Zealand Embassy in Brussels:

Website: belgium.embassy.gov.au Anzac Day 2018

Website: www.mfat.govt.nz Anzac Day 2018

For information about Australian commemorations during 2018 outside Australia you can also see the website for the Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs:

Website: www.dva.gov.au Commemorations in 2018

  • Joint Australia/New Zealand Dawn Service - Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke
    Time: 06:00 hours; Duration: approx. 45 minutes
    Location: Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood
    Address: Polygon Wood, Lange Dreve, Zonnebeke

Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood

  • Tyne Cot Commemoration Service – Zonnebeke
    Time: 09:15 hours; Duration: approx. 30 minutes
    Location: Tyne Cot Cemetery
    Address: Vijfwegenstraat 1, Zonnebeke

Tyne Cot Cemetery

  • Joint Australian/New Zealand Procession and Menin Gate Service – Ieper/Ypres
    Time: 11.10 hours; Duration: approx. 35 minutes
    Location: Menin Gate
    Address: Grote Markt/Meenestraat, Ieper/Ypres

Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing

  • Joint Australian/New Zealand Belgian War Memorial Wreath Laying – Ieper/Ypres
    Time: 11.55 hours; Duration: approx. 5 minutes
    Location: Belgian War Memorial
    Address: Vandenpeerboomplein (behind Cloth Hall)

Belgian Memorial (Ypres War Victims Monument)

  • Toronto Avenue Cemetery Commemoration Service - Comines-Warneton
    Time: 15:15 hours; Duration: approx. 30 minutes
    Location: Toronto Avenue Cemetery
    Address: Ploegsteert Wood, Huttebergweg, Comines-Warneton

Annual Armistice Day Events

Wreaths laid at the Menin Gate on Armistice Day 11 November.
Wreaths laid at the Menin Gate on 11 November

Sunday 11 November 2018

A number of commemorative events take place in Ypres to mark the anniversary of Armistice Day on 11 November 1918. The annual events include morning church services, a special Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing and an afternoon concert in St. Martin's cathedral.

For general information about the events for Armistice in Ypres, see our page at:

Annual Armistice Day Commemoration Events in Ypres

Events & times for the following events as part of the Armistice commemoration in 2018 will be (subject to confirmation):

Remembrance Ceremony at the French National Cemetery Saint Charles de Potyze

Charles de Potyze cemetery, Ypres

11 November 2018

Time: 08.45 hours

A ceremony will take place at the French military cemetery a few minutes' drive to the north-east of Ypres.

For the location of this cemetery see our page at:

Saint Charles de Potyze

Morning Service at St. George's Memorial Church

St George's Memorial Church, Ypres

11 November 2018

Time: 09.15 hours

Attendance at the morning service is by ticket only. If you wish to apply for tickets contact St. George's Memorial Church via the website at:

Website: www.stgeorgesmemorialchurchypres.com

For information about St. George's Memorial Church see our page at:

St. George's Memorial Church

Service in St. Martin's Cathedral, Vandenpeerboomplein, Ieper

St Martin's Cathedral, Ypres

11 November 2018

Time: 09.30 hours

Service of Remembrance to commemorate Armistice Day in Saint Martin's Cathedral.

The Poppy Parade

The Poppy Parade in Ypres

11 November 2018

Time: 10.15 hours (departs from Vandenpeereboomplein)

The Poppy Parade is open for everyone to join it.

The Poppy Parade forms up near St. George's Memorial Church and St. Martin's Cathedral in the Vandenpeereboomplein square. The parade marches off at 10.20 hours to the Menin Gate Memorial in advance of the bands and main parade. The Poppy Parade passes through the Menin Gate and halts in a specially reserved area to the east side of the Menin Gate Memorial.

If you are carrying a wreath to be laid during the Menin Gate morning ceremony, once you reach the Menin Gate you will be directed to the area where wreath-laying members of the public are to stand.

Special Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing

Bands at the Special Last Post ceremony on Armistice Day 11 November.
Bands at the Special Last Post ceremony on Armistice Day 11th November.

11 November 2018

Time: 11.00 hours

This Ceremony of Remembrance is a special Last Post Ceremony on the occasion of the anniversary of the Armistice. Places to stand under the Menin Gate Memorial are allocated by invitation.

The ceremony is attended by bands, a choir, Standards and wreath layers.

11 November 2018 will mark 100 years since the Armistice and the ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial will be subject to special arrangements. Details will be announced for the public attending nearer the time.

A live projection of the ceremony will be shown on a large screen in the Grote Markt (market square).

Evening Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial

Menin Gate Ceremony

11 November 2018

Time: 20.00 hours

The daily sounding of the Last Post Ceremony on the evening of 11 November will usually be attended by some of the bands and Standards who participated in the morning ceremony.

For more information about The Last Post Ceremony each evening, see our page at:

Details of the Last Post Ceremony

Ceremony of Remembrance, Indian Monument

Indian Forces Memorial, Ypres

12 November 2018, 11.00 hrs

Ramparts, south side of the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres

A ceremony will be held as part of the annual Ypres commemorations to remember the Indian troops who served in the Ypres Salient.

See our page at:

Indian Forces Memorial, Ypres

Exhibition

From Tradition to Protection

to 3 June 2018

In Flanders Fields Museum, Grote Markt 34, 8900 Ieper - Ypres

Temporary exhibition

French military headgear in the First World War.

Telephone: +32 (0)57 239 220

Email: flandersfields@ieper.be

Website: www.inflandersfields.be

Traces of War

to 30 September 2018

In Flanders Fields Museum, Grote Markt 34, 8900 Ieper - Ypres

Temporary exhibition

An exhibition illustrating the findings of over 10 years of archaeological investigations on the battlefields of the Ypres Salient.

Telephone: +32 (0)57 239 220

Email: flandersfields@ieper.be

Website: www.inflandersfields.be

Coming World Remember Me: Land Art Installation

to 11 November 2018, sunrise to sunset

De Palingbeek, Palingbeekstraat 18, 8902 Zillebeke

Free

An outdoor land art installation by the artist Koen Vanmechelen comprising 600,000 clay figures. The clay figures have been made over a period of four years by different people of different nationalities.

The location of the installation is in a provincial park south of Ypres - Ieper in the area of the battlefield sites of The Bluff and Hill 60. It is a designated walking and recreation area with a restaurant and toilets.

The open air exhibition comprises:

  • Information Centre (open daily 09.00-12.30 and 13.00 -17.00 hours)
  • Paths to walk around the installation
  • Viewing platform (includes steps)
  • Digital file to download for teachers to prepare for a visit (request by email)
  • Participation in the project as a sponsor to register as a godmother or godfather for Euros 5,00. At the end of the expo all godmothers and godfathers can collect/receive by post a clay figure.

SatNav co-ordinates provided for the main car park location by the expo are:

  • 50°48’50.41N  , 2°55’13.02”O

To find out more about visiting the installation, about free parking, reserving a time slot for groups, reservations for coach parking, and lots of information about the artist and his vision for the 600,000 clay figures and online registration to become a godmother or godfather you can visit the website:

Website: www.comingworldrememberme.be

Email: cwrm@vzwkunst.be

Concert

“The Great War Remembered” Concert at St. Martin's Cathedral, Ieper

St Martins Cathedral

Friday 9 November 2018 at 20.30 hours; Sunday 11 November 2018 at 17.00 hours

Sint-Maartenskathedraal (St. Martin's Cathedral), Ieper/Ypres

The annual Great War Remembered concert is held in the magnificent cathedral. Choirs and bands bring their talents together to submerge the audience in the atmosphere of the Great War through instrumental and vocal music, combined with images of the First World War. The concert is organized by The Last Post Association, the volunteer organisation responsible for sounding the daily Last Post at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ieper.

For 2018 the concert participants will be:

  • Koninklijke Harmonie Ypriana (Concert Band)
  • Ypres Surrey Pipes & Drums
  • Chorus Choir
  • Wannes Cappelle
  • Piet Goddaer
  • Ralph McTell

For more information about the concert see the Last Post Association website:

Website: www.lastpost.be Concert The Great War Remembered

Remembrance Project

Launch of the List of Names

4 August 2014 - 31 December 2018

In Flanders Fields Museum, Grote Markt, 8900 Ieper (Ypres)

At 10.00 hours on 4 August 2014, when the museum opened its doors on that day, a non-stop projection started to show the names of the people who died on Belgian soil exactly 100 years before to the day, and whose deaths were directly as a result of the war. A website has been launched at the same time, and this will enable people from all around the world to look up a name of a relative, and to supply information about that person to the museum for this special database of names. The project is supported by “Gone West”, a cultural programme initiated by the Province of West Flanders for the duration of the Centenary commemorations.

For more information see the In Flanders Fields Museum website:

Website: www.inflandersfields.be Name List

Related Topics

Armistice Day in Ypres

Standards at The Menin Gate Memorial 11.00 hours ceremony.
Standards at the 11 November ceremony.

For more detailed information about the events that make up the morning ceremony in Ypres see our page:

Armistice Day Commemorative Events in Ypres - Ieper

The famous Cloth Hall (Lakenhalle) in the Market Square of Ieper/Ypres.
The Cloth Hall (Lakenhalle) in the Market Square of Ieper/Ypres.

Ieper - Ypres Events Information

Further information about the wide variety of local and cultural events held in Ieper during the year can be obtained from the Visitor Centre for Ypres and the Westhoek (formerly called the Ieper Tourist Office). The Visitor Centre is located in the Cloth Hall (Lakenhallen) in the centre of Ieper.

For information about the Visitor Centre, its location and contact details see our page at:

Visitor Centre for Ypres and the Westhoek

Visiting the Ypres Salient

For information about battlefield sites to visit, cemeteries, memorials and visitor accommodation see our page at:

Visiting the Ypres Salient

Useful Link

1914-1918 Centenary Events in Belgium

For information on events in Belgium to commemorate the centenary, with other information about places to visit, accommodation you can visit this website:

Website: www.greatwarcentenary.be