The Menin Gate, unveiled on Sunday July 24th 1927 by Field-Marshal Lord Plumer, dedicated to the memory of more than 54,000 men of the Commonwealth who died in the Salient and have no known grave. A memorial built in stone and brick, “these stones which we have builded in their honour, and on which we have engraven their names”, tangible evidence that these men will never be forgotten.
“He is not missing. He is here”.
-Lord Plumer’s address at the unveiling
Now my advice is to forget about the rest of this post, and turn your attention to the full blown Tour of the Menin Gate that you will find if you click the link. There is nothing to be seen in this post that is not covered far better there.
View from outside the Menin Gate looking back towards the Cloth Hall, clearly visible in the distance through the arch.
Above and below: Compare this view of the ramparts and moat to the immediate south of the Menin Gate (taken from near where the cyclist can be seen in the previous picture) with any number of photos taken during the course of the War that you’ll find if you search this good ol’ interweb of ours. Post-war reconstruction work is still clearly visible.
At the going down of the sun…
Life goes on…