The Menin Gate is a memorial to the missing. It is dedicated to the thousands of soldiers who were killed in Ypres in WWI who's graves are unknown.
The memorial holds the names of over 54,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers.
Menin Gate was built in the site where hundreds and thousands of men passed through on their way to the front line.
"Now it can be said that each one of whose honour we are assembled here today:
'He is not missing, he is here'."
- Lord Plumer at the unveiling ceremony, 24th July 1927
It's hard to grasp just how necessary this memorial was; there were families who never saw their loved ones again, they didn't get to grieve, they had no coffin to lower down, no funeral to pay their respects, no chance to say goodbye.
The amount of names was astounding, every corner you turned, more names were revealed. It was a lot to absorb.
“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."
- Laurence Binyon, For the Fallen, 1914