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For Province P0060 - Province of Dorset.

30th

Apr. 2018

Dorset Freemasons remember the fallen at the Menin Gate.

Paul Baggett, the Immediate Past Master of Dunckerley Lodge in Poole, with fellow Mason Phil Conway travelled to the Menin Gate and laid a wreath there on behalf of Dorset Freemasonry.

Paul was then greatly honoured by being asked to take an active part in the ceremony that was to follow. Paul was invited to read the Exhortation and help continue this most important tradition.

Every night at 8pm a poignant ceremony takes place under the Menin Gate; this The Last Post Ceremony has become part of the daily life at the Menin Gate. It is a simple but moving tribute to the courage and self-sacrifice of those who fell in WW1. Every evening the busy road through the memorial will be closed to traffic before the ceremony and 'Last Post' will be played.

After the wreath-laying a member or guest of the Last Post Association, a visiting dignitary or a visitor will say the words of the Exhortation, taken from Laurence Binyon's poem 'For the Fallen' Standing in the centre of the road under the arch of the Hall of Memory the person will say the words:

'They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.'

The pictures attached show Paul Baggett and Phil Conway at the Menin Gate with the wreath and a close up of the wreath

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The Dorset Poppy Wreath