Y is for Ypres #atozchallenge

In Flanders’ fields, the war was staged
The trench lines dug, the barbed wire caged
At Ypres each day
The Last Post is played
To honor the missing, at Menin Gate

Every evening since 1928 the Last Post has been played under the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres at 8 o’clock sharp. Since then it has been played over 30,000 times.


My photo:  Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium


Below is Tyne Cot Cemetary, where 11,956 soldiers are buried, of which 8,369 are unnamed.


28 thoughts on “Y is for Ypres #atozchallenge

      1. It was the last war fought using a 19th Century mindset. None of them going in suspected that the rules were changing. I’ve read that it was considered the last “Romantic” war.

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      2. My fascination started with a book called The Passing Bells when I was but a wee lad. Similar to Downton Abbey, but predates it by at least a decade or two. I highly recommend it.

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  1. This was a thought-provoking post. Funnily enough, I watched a very old British documentary about the First World War on Youtube recently. I think it may have been made in the late 1950s or early 1960s because a lot of the soldiers were still relatively young and healthy. It was fascinating, although often very moving, to listen to their recollections.

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      1. We had to read “All Quiet on the Western Front” at high school. It was a great book, but so tragic. You’re completely right about the origin of the war too. The history of the period reads like a farce, only one with no humor in it whatsoever.

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