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

Annual Armistice Day Events

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

Tuesday 11 November 2014

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

Tuesday 11 November 2014

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

Tuesday 11 November 2014

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

Tuesday 11 November 2014

Time: 09.30 hours

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

The Poppy Parade

The Poppy Parade in Ypres

Tuesday 11 November 2014

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.

Tuesday 11 November 2014

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

Tuesday 11 November 2014

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 2014, 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

Sport and the First World War

14 June 2014 - 4 January 2015

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

An exhibition of objects and documents connected to sport and famous people in the First World War. The exhibition marks the occasion of the start of one of the stages of the Tour de France in Ieper (Ypres) on 9 July 2014.

For more information see the In Flanders Fields Museum website:

Website: www.inflandersfields.be Sport and the First World War

The Battle of the Ijzer and the First Battle of Ieper / Antony d’Ypres

4 October 2014 - 4 January 2015

In Flanders Fields Museum, Cloth Hall (Royal Chamber), Grote Markt, 8900 Ieper (Ypres)

Photographic exhibition featuring the photographs of Antony d'Ypres.

For more information see:

Website: www.inflandersfields.be Battle of the Ijzer and the First Battle of Ieper / Antony d'Ypres

Menin Gate in Lego Bricks

Saturday 8 November - 11 November 2014 (Sat/Mon/Tue 09.00 hrs - 17.00; Sun 10.00-17.00 hrs)

Venue: Visitor Centre of Ypres (Tourist Office), Cloth Hall, Grote Markt, Ypres

Free

A scale model of the Menin Gate has been made from Lego bricks.

Albert I Bus 1914

Monday 10 - Wednesday 13 November 2014

Sint-Maartensplein, Ypres (next to St. Martin's Cathedral)

Free

A specially painted articulated bus is touring the roads where the Belgian Army was located in this region in 1914. On 10 - 13 November the bus will be in Ypres. The articulated bus (18,4 m long) is painted on the outside with an overview of the military campaign, also with pictures of the Belgian King Albert I. The inside is specially furnished and gives a chronological summary of the most important events.

The project was initiated by the Foundation Silent Witnesses together with partners bus builder Van Hool Foundation, Busworld and public transport companies De Lijn and Tec.

Concert

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

St Martins Cathedral

Tuesday 11 November 2014

Time: 16.30 hours (doors open 15.45 hours) SOLD OUT

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.

For 2014 the participants will be:

  • Sean Ruane
  • Koninklijke Harmonie Ypriana
  • Chorus
  • Hopchora
  • Ypres Surrey Pipes & Drums

The concert is organized by The Last Post Association.

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

Lecture

11 November Lecture by Jan Terlouw

Monday 10 November at 20.45 hours

CC Ieper Het Perron, Fochlaan 1, Ypres

Free entry but reservation is required.

The Dutchman Jan Terlouw is best known as the author of a number of imaginative Dutch children’s books. In addition, he has been active as a politician, as a member of Parliament and Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands. Politics, social challenges and history are woven throughout his career and oeuvre. These items, along with war and peace, are key themes of this 11 November lecture. The musical component of the Remembrance Day Lecture will be provided by the vocal ensemble Aquarius.

This annual event is organized by the Flemish Peace Institute (Vredesinstituut), The Peace Fund of the City of Ypres and the In Flanders Fields museum. For reservations and information contact:

Address: Research Centre, Sint-Maartensplein 3, 8900 Ypres

Telephone: +32 (0)57 239 450

Email: kenniscentrum@ieper.be

Journeys of Remembrance

Remembrance Walk Somme - Yser (07/11/2014 - 10/11/2014)

10 November: Stage 4 Walking day in Ieper, 08.00 hrs - 15.00 hrs

Meeting Point: Meathouse/Vleeshuis, Neermarkt 9 /Grote Markt – Ypres

Price: Euro 1.50

Organised by the Tourist Office Ypres & Walking Club Nooit Moe Boezinge vzw. For enquiries contact the Tourist Office Ypres, Grote Markt 34, B-8900 Ypres/Ieper

Telephone +32 (0)57 239 220

Email: toerisme@ieper.be

Website: www.visit-ypres.com

Ypres Tourist Office Events Leaflet

Events leaflets are available to download in pdf format:

Email: toerisme@ieper.be

Website: www.visit-ypres.com

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