Cadet Lays Wreath At Menin Gate

From the 26th to 31st of May I went on a school trip to Belgium and France. On the 29th of May whilst in Belgium I had the honour of taking part in the Last Post Ceremony held at the Menin Gate which has taken place every evening since the 1st November 1929.

The Menin Gate itself was a sight to behold with all the names of fallen soldiers etched on it, it was a very moving moment. Because the ceremony is such a significant part in remembering the fallen many people were there to experience it. Just before the sounding of the ‘Last Post’ all the traffic was stopped from driving through the Menin Gate and then the ‘Last Post’ was played by the volunteers from the local fire service in Ypres. After that there was a minutes silence where I was able to contemplate the meaning of the ceremony and also take in the whole experience. Next, words of commemoration were said and then we moved onto the laying of the wreaths. Our group laid two wreaths: one for the school and the other for the Royal British Legion. Finally, a few more words were said before the sounding of ‘Réveille’ brought the ceremony to a close.

Overall I had an amazing time on the trip, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and if any other cadet was to go I would defiantly encourage them to take part in such an amazing event.

By Cdt Sophie Ellam