Veterans, families and children gather in the Hastings

IN COMMEMORATION: Graham Williams lays one of the many wreaths during the Remembrance Day service in Laurieton. Photo: Kate Dwyer
IN COMMEMORATION: Graham Williams lays one of the many wreaths during the Remembrance Day service in Laurieton. Photo: Kate Dwyer

November 11 provides a day of remembrance in honour of those who served on the Western Front.

At 11am on November 11 in 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare.

The allied armies had driven the German invaders back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over the preceding four months.

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance in the post-war years.

The moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war.

Around the Hastings veterans, families and school children gathered to reflect and pay their respects.