FIREFIGHERS and police officers from Bromsgrove’s Blue Light Centre will take part in the global 30,000th Last Post this summer to commemorate the fallen soldiers of the First World War.
This live transmission will beam images from the Last Post Association’s clarion call which is being held under the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium, a key First World War Memorial at 6.30pm on July 9.
The Menin Gate is known for it’s ‘Memorial to the Missing’ which collects the names of 54,897 casualties from the former Commonwealth whose bodies have never been recovered.
Originally the clarion call announced the end of the working day in the British and other armies.
Since 1928, the association has held a clarion call every evening (bar the war years of 1940 to 1944) to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers of the First World War.
Traditionally, the buglers of the Last Post Association are recruited from the local fire station, with the cultural programme GoneWest seeking to pay tribute to the worldwide solidarity among firefighters with an ‘Ode to Ode’.
Everyone is welcome to the event on July 9.