Hundreds gather for Remembrance Day ceremonies in Maitland and across the lower Hunter

More than 50 veterans were among the hundreds of residents who turned out to a Remembrance Day service at Maitland Park on Saturday.

Vice president of the Maitland RSL Sub-Branch Fred Goode said the showing of more than 300 people included a number of young veterans and their families. 

“It was great to see them there with their families,” Mr Goode said of the contingent of younger veterans. 

“All up it was a very strong roll up. It was good day.”

Thousands across the lower Hunter paused during the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, in the eleventh month for the commemorative day. The Maitland Park service was one of several held around the area, with hundreds of residents stopping to reflect on the sacrifices made by young men and women over the years.

A service at the East Maitland war memorial also saw strong numbers attend, while at Dungog a service was conducted at the town’s show, led by the Light Horse Association. 

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JOHN Fenwick can still remember the panic that came over Darwin every time the Japanese bombers flew over. 

“Every time the moon was out, over came the Japanese,” the 96-year-old from East Maitland recalled. 

He spent 14 months in Darwin during World War II, including a hectic year-long period when there were 65 Japanese bombing raids. 

There were plenty of close calls for the 21-year-old.