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TODAY marks the 30,000th sounding of the Last Post at the Menin Gate Memorial at 8pm (BST+1) and firefighters from across the globe have been invited to Belgium to mark the occasion or organise events locally on station.
The Menin Gate Memorial was dedicated in 1927 and bears the names of 53,000 servicemen missing in Flanders.
Every night at 8pm buglers from the local fire brigade close the road that passes beneath the memorial and sound the Last Post.
Except during German occupation during World War II when it took place at Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey, to this day the ceremony has continued uninterrupted since July 1928.
Stations across Stockport Borough are marking the event tonight ate and would like to invite everyone to join in with the commemoration.
A short ceremony will involve the lowering of the GMFRS Flag to half-mast while a bugler plays the Last Post, after which a minute’s silence will be observed and the flag returned to full-mast.
Stockport, Whitehill and Cheadle fire stations will be accompanied by members of the Alderley Edge District Scout Band and Marple and Offerton will be joined by members of Marple Band.
Guests are requested to gather at stations at 6.45pm ahead of the ceremony at 7pm.
For more information on the Stockport events, please contact Whitehill Station Manager David Wilson on 07854 130950.
For more information on events taking place across Europe visit: www.30000lp.be
If you would like to watch the Ypres ceremony live it can be viewed online here:www.deredactie.be