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 1st Friday of the month — 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 7th 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

Saturday 25 April 2015, from 06.00 hours to 20.00 hours

Locations: Buttes New British Cemetery, Zonnebeke; Ieper Cloth Hall; Menin Gate Memorial; Toronto Avenue Cemetery

The ANZAC Day programme of events is organized by the Australian Embassy in Brussels in association with the Belgian municipal authorities of Zonnebeke, Ypres and Comines-Warneton. The official programme is as follows:

  • 06.00 hours: ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Buttes New British Cemetery at Polygon Wood, Lange Dreve, Zonnebeke (Australia & New Zealand). Duration: Approx. 35 minutes.
  • 09.35 hours: Commemoration Service at Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke (Australia). Duration: Approx. 30 minutes.
  • 11.10 hours: Procession to Menin Gate Ieper Town Hall to Menin Gate Memorial, Cloth Hall, Grote Markt, centre of Ieper/Ypres (Australia & New Zealand)
  • 11.15 hours: ANZAC Day Service with Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate Ieper/Ypres (Australia & New Zealand)
  • 11.35 hours: Procession to Belgian War Memorial (Ypres War Victims Monument), Rijselsestraat 6, Ieper/Ypres, followed by wreath laying (Australia & New Zealand)
  • 16.00 hours: Commemoration Service at Toronto Avenue Cemetery, Huttebergweg, Comines-Warneton in Ploegsteert, Comines-Warneton (Australia). Duration: Approx. 30 minutes.
  • 20.00 hours: Nightly Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, Meensestraat, Ieper/Ypres

For full information about the ANZAC Day Programme in Belgium, shuttle bus provision, what to expect and how to prepare you can visit the website for the Australian Embassy to Belgium and Luxembourg and Mission to the European Union and NATO:

Website: www.belgium.embassy.gov.au Anzac Day 2015 Commemorations in Belgium

For the location of Buttes New British Cemetery, Tyne Cot, Belgian War Memorial and the Menin Gate see our pages:

Buttes New British Cemetery

Tyne Cot Cemetery

Belgian Memorial (Ypres War Victims Monument)

Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing

30,000th Last Post Ceremony: A Tribute for the Tribute

9 July 2015 from 19.00 hours

Menin Gate Memorial, Meensestraat, Ieper/Ypres

Buglers of the Last Post Association
Buglers of the Last Post Association

To mark the occasion of the 30,000th sounding of Last Post a solemnm dignified, worldwide tribute will take place at the 20.00 hours daily ceremony. The tribute is being organised by GoneWest (the cultural remembrance programme of the Province of West Flanders), the Last Post Association and actor Wim Opbrouck. Wim is the person behind this initiative. When the 30,000th Last Post is sounded it will be commemorated simultaneously in fire stations around the world. It will also be transmitted live to local fire stations worldwide by online media so people can join the ceremony.

For more information visit the GoneWest website:

Website: www.gonewest.be Last Post

Annual Armistice Day Events

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

11 November 2015

A number of commemorative events take place in Ypres to mark the anniversary of Armistice Day on 11th 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 2014 are as follows:

Remembrance Ceremony at the French National Cemetery Saint Charles de Potyze

Charles de Potyze cemetery, Ypres

11 November 2015

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 2015

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 2015

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 2015

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 2015

Time: 11.00 hours

This Ceremony of Remembrance is a special Last Post Ceremony on the occasion of the 96th 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.

If you wish to lay a wreath it is recommended that you join The Poppy Parade to walk from Vandenpeereboomplein square to the Menin Gate (see above). Members of the public laying wreaths for military and civilian associations and in memory of relatives will be directed to stand in an allocated area under the Menin Gate. During the ceremony wreath-layers will be called forward to lay their wreaths.

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 2015

Time: 20.00 hours

The daily sounding of the Last Post Ceremony on the evening of 11th 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 2015, 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: British Military Headgear in WW1 (showcases/museum café exhibition)

to 30 April 2015

In Flanders Fields Museum, Cloth Hall, 8900 Ypres

Admission fee to museum

By the time of the outbreak of the First World War the British Army had made changes to its uniform and introduced the khaki cloth cap for all units. Each regiment and corps had its own cap badge. Scottish units kept their traditional headgear. By early 1916 the head injuries caused by the type of trench warfare fighting led to the development of a metal helmet by each of the belligerents. This temporary exhibition looks at the development and examples of the helmets.

For more information about the museum see the link:

Website: www.inflandersfields.be Visitor Information

Second Battle of Ieper - Gas! / Dream Castles

11 April 2015 - 30 August 2015

In Flanders Fields Museum, Cloth Hall, 8900 Ypres

Admission fee to museum

Double exhibition to commemorate the first use of chlorine gas on the Western Front on 22 April 1915 and the second year of the war in the Ypres region, seen through a focus on the fate of the many castles and country estates in the area.

For more information about the exhibition see the link:

Website: www.inflandersfields.be Agenda 15: Second Battle of Ypres

Website: www.inflandersfields.be Visitor Information

Read our innovative study on the build-up to the first trial of poison gas by the German Army on the Western Front:

The Gas Attack: Second Battle of Ypres, 1915

Seminar

Doing their Duty: British Theatrical Responses to WW1

19 March 2015 at 20.15 hours

Conference Room, Town Hall (2nd Floor), Cloth Hall, Grote Markt, Ypres

In Flanders Fields Museum and the University of Kent are organizing a series of eight seminars, accessible to all. This seminar in Ypres is by Dr Helen Brooks.

For information contact Dominiek Dendooven:

Email: Dominiek.Dendooven@ieper.be

Discipline & Morale in the Belgian Army 1914-1918

2 April 2015 at 20.15 hours

Conference Room, Town Hall (2nd Floor), Cloth Hall, Grote Markt, Ypres

In Flanders Fields Museum and the University of Kent are organizing a series of eight seminars, accessible to all. This seminar in Ypres is by Mr Mario Draper (PhD student, School of History, University of Kent).

For information contact Dominiek Dendooven:

Email: Dominiek.Dendooven@ieper.be

Concert

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

St Martins Cathedral

11 November 2015

Time: 16.30 hours (doors open 15.45 hours)

The Great War Remembered concert will be held in the magnificent cathedral. Choirs and bands will 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 organised by The Last Post Association, Ypres and details will be announced during 2015 on the Last Post Association website:

Website: www.lastpost.be

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