February 19th marks the anniversary of the day World War II came to Australia. Each year on this date, the event is commemorated at the Cenotaph, Bicentennial Park, to pay tribute and remember those who defended Darwin. Many veterans who served during that time make their way to Darwin for the honourable occasion.
It was on February 19th 1942 when the Japanese dropped bombs over Darwin, bringing World War II to the shores of our country. Over 243 people were killed – including armed forces personnel and civilians, and eight ships were sunk, aircrafts were destroyed and severe damage was caused to the town itself. Over the next 21 months, populated areas of the Northern Territory were bombed around 70 times.
Head down to Bicentennial Park and join some of the Ray White Bayside real estate team in paying our respects and honouring those who lost their lives. The service begins at 9.30am, and the WWII air raid siren will be sounded at 9.58am – at the same time it sounded all those years ago as the Japanese attacked.
The Darwin bombings was a defining moment in history, but one in which Territorians demonstrated an unwavering sense of Australian spirit. Let’s get together and show the spirit still lives within us. It’s a truly memorable event that cannot be missed!