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A case has been submitted to Unesco to recognise the daily Last Post ceremony which has been taking place daily under the Menen gate in Ypres since 1928 as an intangible cultural heritage. The earliest date for such recognition will be 2017 as the full procedure takes approximately two years and a country may only submit one project each year in a rotation among communities. Benoit Mottrie, chairman of the LastPostAssociation is nevertheless excited about the case, saying; “Recognition by Unesco, which is actually a secular organisation, would serve as a pinnacle of the commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the First World War.” Alderman Frans Lignel CD&V, who also chairs the InFlandersFieldsMuseum, sees the recognition by the Unesco of the LastPost as a model for a bigger project, saying: “The intention is to honour Ypres as a city which manages to live with its war past in a serene and positive way.”
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