30th Mar, 2020

Fire crew joins Last Post

Malvern Editorial 18th Jul, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

FIRE STATIONS across Worcestershire, including Malvern, took part in the 30,000th Last Post event to commemorate the fallen soldiers of the First World War.

As well as watching the tribute live from the Menin Gate in Belgium, there were also parades at the stations and commemorative readings.

Members of the public and invited guests joined crews for the occasion and the Last Post was played by buglers. That was followed by a minute’s silence to remember the fallen.

The tradition of the Last Post began in 1928 and has been 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, ensure they are remembered.

Members of the local fire brigade take part in the daily tradition which 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 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.”

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