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.

Coronavirus: Please be aware that some events may be affected by the coronavirus pandemic and may have social-distancing measures in place or may be cancelled.

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

Venue: The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, Ieper/Ypres

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.

Coronavirus: Please note that the ceremony is being carried out but with social-distancing measures in place. Please follow the link below for more details.

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

Venue: 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

Armistice Day Ceremonies & Commemoration

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

11 November 2020

Coronavirus: Please be aware that some events may be affected by the coronavirus pandemic and may have social-distancing measures in place or may be cancelled.

A number of commemorative events take place in Ypres each year 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 a concert in St. Martin's cathedral.

Events and times for the following events as part of the Armistice commemoration are outlined below.

Remembrance Ceremony at the French National Cemetery Saint Charles de Potyze

Charles de Potyze cemetery, Ypres

11 November 2020

Time: 08.45 hours

Venue: Zonnebeekseweg, Potijze

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 2020

Time: 09.15 hours

Venue: St. George's Memorial Church, Elverdingestraat, Ieper/Ypres

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 2020

Time: 09.30 hours

Venue: St. Martin's Cathedral, Ieper/Ypres

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

The Poppy Parade

The Poppy Parade in Ypres

11 November 2020

Time: 10.00 hours

Venue: Starting point - the parade departs from Vandenpeereboomplein

The Poppy Parade is open for everyone to join it. For information about The Poppy Parade and how it came about you can read our page:

The Poppy Parade

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 10.00 hours in advance of the bands and main parade to the Menin Gate Memorial. The Poppy Parade passes through the Menin Gate Memorial 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 designated area where wreath-laying members of the public are to stand.

Ceremony at the Ypres War Victims Monument

Ypres War Victims Monument.
Ypres War Victims Monument

11 November 2020

Time: 10.30 hours

Venue: Ypres War Victims Monument

Wreaths will be laid at the monument during a short ceremony.

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 2020

Time: 11.00 hours

Venue: The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, Ieper/Ypres

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 will be attended by bands, a choir, Standards and wreath layers.

Live Projection of the Ceremony

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

A projection screen in the Grote Markt (market square) will enable the public to view the live ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial.
Live projection screen in Ypres

Carillon Concert - Belfry Cloth Hall

Time: 12.30 hours

Venue: Belfry, Cloth Hall (Lakenhallen), Grote Markt, Ieper/Ypres

Evening Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial

Menin Gate Ceremony

11 November 2020

Time: 20.00 hours

Venue: The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, Ieper/Ypres

The daily sounding of the Last Post Ceremony on the evening of 11 November will be attended by bands and Standards.

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 2020, 11.00 hrs

Ramparts, south side of the Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper/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

Concert

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

St Martins Cathedral

Due to the coronavirus pandemic the Last Post Association has cancelled the 2020 Great War Concert. For updates on future concerts please visit the Last Post Association website:

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

Related Topics

Armistice Day in Ypres

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

For information about the events that make up the annual events for Armistice Day in Ypres see our page:

Armistice Day Commemorative Events in Ieper - Ypres

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, advice on parking in the town 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