Flanders' Field of Poppies
On Armistice Day this year, The Royal British Legion is honouring the memory of not just these heroes, but all the brave men and women who fell during action in later wars, by planting a "Flanders Field" of poppies beside the ramparts of the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres.
On 11 November 1918 the Armistice was signed and the Great War was over. Close to a million British and Commonwealth troops had made the ultimate sacrifice, many of them dying on the fields in Flanders.
The Menin Gate, where the field is situated, is unique because it is the only place in the world where the fallen of the Great War are remembered each day.
Each year we mail out poppies to thousands of supporters. The poppies returned to us are planted beside the Menin Gate, close to the area that bore some of the heaviest fighting during the First World War.
About THE Menin Gate
Ypres (now Ieper) is a town in the Province of West Flanders in Belgium which was totally destroyed in the First World War and has been rebuilt. The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing is situated at the eastern side of the town on the road to Menin.
The site of the Menin Gate was chosen because of the hundreds of thousands of men who passed through it on their way to the First World War battlefields. It now bears the names of more than 54,000 officers and men whose graves are not known. The memorial, designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield with sculpture by Sir William Reid-Dick, was unveiled by Lord Plumer in July 1927.
Each night at 8pm the traffic is stopped at the Menin Gate while members of the local Fire Brigade sound the Last Post in the roadway under the Memorial's arches. It is the only place in the world where the fallen of the Great War are remembered every day.
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