30,000th Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, Belgium
On 9 July 2015, the Last Post ceremony was enacted under the Menin Gate for the 30,000th time. The Hon Todd McClay, Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs, attended as the New Zealand Government representative. The event was described as a ‘tribute to the tribute’, acknowledging the Last Post Association which organises the daily ceremony, and the buglers who have performed the ceremony since 1928.
Other countries participated by holding Last Post ceremonies, which were screened, either live or pre-recorded, as part of the ceremony at Menin Gate. Participants included the UK, France, Germany, India and Australia. New Zealand provided a recording of one of the daily Last Post ceremonies organised by the New Zealand Defence Force at Pukeahu together with a wreath-laying.
The video of the 45 minute ceremony can be viewed at http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws/videozone/Last%2BPost/1.2387606.
View of the Last Post ceremony at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.
The New Zealand wreath-laying is at 26.05 and the Pukeahu wreath-laying recording is at 30.50 on the video.
WW100 website feature on the history of the Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony.
Updated on 10th March 2016