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

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.

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

ANZAC Day Programme 2019

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

25 April 2019

Locations: Buttes New British Cemetery, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Passchendaele Memorial Park, 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, 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 2019

Website: www.facebook.com/events/778964539148634/ Anzac Day in Belgium 2019

  • 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

  • Unveiling of the Pou Maumahara Māori monument
    Time: 08:30 hours
    Location: Passchendaele Memorial Park at the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917

For more information about this new memorial you can visit the New Zealand Embassy in Belgium website:

Website: www.mfat.govt.nz

  • Tyne Cot Commemoration Service – Zonnebeke
    Time: 10:15 hours; Duration: approx. 15 minutes
    Location: Tyne Cot Cemetery
    Address: Vijfwegenstraat 1, Zonnebeke

Tyne Cot Cemetery

  • Joint Australian/New Zealand Procession and Menin Gate Service – Ieper/Ypres
    Time: 11.00 hours; Duration: approx. 35 minutes
    Location: Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing
    Address: Grote Markt/Meensestraat, 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 (western end of the Lakenhallen/Cloth Hall)

Belgian Memorial (Ypres War Victims Monument)

  • Commemoration at the New Zealand Memorial (Mesen/Messines)
    Time: 14:00 hours

 

  • 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

 

  • Commemoration at Berks Cemetery Extension (Comines-Warneton)
    Time: 16:30 hours

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 2019

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 0n 11 November 2019 will be as follows:

Remembrance Ceremony at the French National Cemetery Saint Charles de Potyze

Charles de Potyze cemetery, Ypres

11 November 2019

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 2019

Time: 09.15 hours

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

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 2019

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 2019

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 2019

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 2019

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 2019

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 2019, 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

Theatre

The Soldier by Rachel Wagstaff

30 October 2019 (Duration: 75 minutes - no interval)

St George's Memorial Church, 1 Elverdingsestraat, 8900 Ypres

A play inspired by the life of Rupert Brooke.

For information and tickets see the links below:

Email for information: info@meshtheatre.com

Email for ticket enquiries: tickets@meshtheatre.com

Website: www.meshtheatre.com The Soldier

Journey's End

Poster for Journey's End play in Ypres.

2 to 11 November 2019

The Ballroom, Guesthouse Skindles, Gasthuisstraat 57, 8970 Poperinge

Tickets: £ 25.00 (and prices for concessions)

Bringing high-quality professional war drama to historic locations the MESH theatre company produces living theatre where history speaks, bringing truth and life to stories of war in significant sites close to where lives were lost. R C Sherriff's seminal WW1 masterpiece Journey's End was the highly acclaimed début production of the MESH theatre company in Flanders in Autumn 2017, 100 years after Sherriff fought in the Third Battle of Ypres. The play was performed in Ypres - Ieper in November 2018 to high acclaim, and will be performed for a third year in Poperinge during November 2019.

For information and tickets see the links below:

View the trailer on YouTube : Journey's End Trailer 6m 36sec

Email for information: info@meshtheatre.com

Email for tickets: tickets@meshtheatre.com

Website: www.meshtheatre.com

Concert

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

St Martins Cathedral

Saturday 9 November 2019, 17.00 & 20.30 hours

Monday 11 November 2019 at 17.00 hours

Venue: Sint-Maartenskathedraal (St. Martin's Cathedral), 8900 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 2019 the concert participants will include:

  • Koninklijke Harmonie Ypriana directed by Nico Logghe
  • Chorus Choir directed by Tine Devoghel
  • Director: Bart Cafmeyer

Priority Tickets for Members of the Last Post Association

Members of the Last Post Association have priority to order e-tickets. An email will be sent by the Last Post Association informing members how and when to order their e-tickets.

Pre-registration for Tickets by Non-members of the Last Post Association

Tickets are available to pre-register online from:

Website: www.gwr-concert.be The Great War Remembered Concert

For further information about the 2019 concert and to see photographs and information about previous concerts visit the Last Post Association website:

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

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