Welcome to the official website for the UK national commemorative events to mark the Centenary of Passchendaele – The Third Battle of Ypres, taking place on 30 and 31 July 2017
Here you will be able to find more information about the UK Government plans to commemorate the Centenary of Passchendaele – the Third Battle of Ypres. There will be two large-scale commemorative events open to members of the public, taking place over consecutive days:
On the evening of 30 July a public event will take place in the Market Square at Ieper, following the nightly Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. You can register your interest in attending this event via the link below.
The next day, 31 July, a ticket-only event will take place in the afternoon at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s (CWGC) Tyne Cot Cemetery. You can enter the ballot for tickets for this event via the link below.
Marking this centenary is a key milestone in the UK Government’s Centenary Programme and follows events to mark centenaries of the outbreak of the War, the Gallipoli campaign, and the Battles of Jutland and the Somme.
Since the end of the First World War, travellers have been coming to the town of Ypres (Dutch: Ieper), and the surrounding battlefields, cemeteries and memorials, as ‘pilgrims’ to see the devastation and reflect upon the sacrifice of those who fought and died on what was known as the Ypres Salient. Many people will want to visit the region during this particularly significant centenary year, and the UK Government, with support from our Belgian Partners, is organising a programme of events on 30 and 31 July to mark this significant date.