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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Menin Gate replica, Ieper (Ypres), Belgium

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The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing names 54,389 Commonwealth soldiers (Australian, British, Canadian, Indian and South African) who were killed in the Ypres Salient before 16 August 1917 and who have no known grave.

In 2010, a scale model in the Menin Gate Memorial was unveiled on the ramparts near the monument, a gift of the Kiwanis Ieper Vlakke Land. Visitors (especially those with sight impairments) can touch the bronze replica to feel the overall design of the monument. You can see one of the braille plaques that gives more information.

Georges Baert of Ieper created the wooden maquette to be cast in bronze. The words are not the same as on the actual monument:

We dedicate this to the relatives of the soldiers who stood here from 1914 to 1918, their smart and sorrow

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