Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) take part in the 30,000th last post
On Thursday 9 July, five fire stations from HWFRS participated in the 30,000th Last Post- a worldwide event to commemorate the fallen soldiers of World War One. They were joined by fire stations from all over the globe who watched live as the Last Post was sounded for the 30,000th time under the Menin Gate in Belgium.
As well as watching the tribute live, the stations also held their own commemorations. Parades were held outside each of the participating stations and a commemorative text was read out in honour of the Last Post. Members of the public and invited guests then joined the crews to watch the main event, which was streamed live. As the Last Post was sounded by the buglers, a moment of silence was held as everyone remembered the fallen.
The tradition of the Last Post began in 1928 and has sounded every day (with the exception of the war years) under the Menin Gate ever since. The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing records the names of over 50,000 soldiers, whose bodies were never found and the Last Post tradition ensures that they are remembered. Members of the local fire brigade take part in the daily tradition, a practice that dates back to the ceremony's origins.
Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates said: "For decades, dedicated firefighters have carried out this daily tribute to the fallen, ensuring that they are never forgotten. The 30,000th sounding of the Last Post was a momentous occasion and one that the Service was extremely proud to support. This international act of remembrance gave us all the opportunity to honour those that gave their lives for us in WW1."
Photos from the event can be found on the HWFRS Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HWFire
Issued by Jessica Chadwick
Corporate Communications Manager
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