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Service is to mark memorial of the Last Post in Ypres

06/11/2015

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will take part in ceremonies of remembrance under the Menin Gate memorial in Ypres next week.

"We are very proud to represent the Service at Ypres at what promises to be a very moving ceremony. It is a humbling experience for all those who attend the annual parades and pay tribute to the six million sent off to fight in the World War One, never to return home to their loved ones."

Secretary to Staffordshire’s Ceremonial Squad Alan Smith

In total 29 members of the Service will attend three Armistice Day parades in Belgium, one on November 10 and two on November 11.

Members of the Ceremonial Squad will march in the parades along with Fire Cadets from Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

Director for Response Rob Barber will attend, along with three Fire and Rescue Authority members and a Service chaplain.

Representatives from the Service will lay a wreath to honour those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during World War One.

The Menin Gate is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders and it lists the name of every soldier killed in Ypres between 1914 and 1918. Every evening at 8pm members of the local fire service stand under the arches of the memorial and sound the Last Post. 

Secretary to Staffordshire’s Ceremonial Squad Alan Smith said: "We are very proud to represent the Service at Ypres at what promises to be a very moving ceremony.

"It is a humbling experience for all those who attend the annual parades and pay tribute to the six million sent off to fight in the World War One, never to return home to their loved ones."