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30,000th Last Post

Sittingbourne remembers the fallen

Sittingbourne is taking part in an international tribute to commemorate the fallen of the First World War.

On Thursday 9 July, the 30,000th Last Post ceremony will take place under the Menin Gate in Ypres.

To mark this milestone, the West Flanders regional government is co-ordinating a global commemoration Ode to Ode.

At 8pm local time a global broadcast of the 30,000th Last Post ceremony will take place to reflect the sacrifice and suffering from the past, and the honour and respect that continues to this day for those that paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Sittingbourne, as Ypres twin town in the UK, has been invited to take part in the commemoration, with a pre-recorded contribution to the ceremony.

The council has been working with a local filmmaker to produce a filmed response from Sittingbourne to capture the community and Civic pride with the Ypres links, and held its own Last Post service led by the Sittingbourne Branch of the Royal British Legion to commemorate the sounding of the 30,000th Last Post at the Menin Gate on 9 July.

To find out more about the 30,000th Last Post ceremony, visit the GoneWest website.

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