Crowds gather in Darwin to commemorate the 80and anniversary of the bombing of Darwin and the Second World War.

People flooded Bicentennial Park for the 80sand anniversary event that honors the soldiers and civilians who lost their lives in the bombing of Darwin.

Around 10 a.m. on February 19, 1942, at least 188 Japanese aircraft dropped bombs on Darwin in one of two destructive air raids on the same day.

The bombing killed 235 people and injured more than 400 in what has been called the largest act of military aggression by a foreign power in Australian history.

More than 5,000 people attended the event, including survivors, public descendants, veterans and bombing evacuees.

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Hundreds of people proudly displayed their medals alongside family and friends.

NT Salvation Army Major Regional Officer Kaye Viney told NT News it is an important part of Australian history that future generations should be aware of.

“I think it’s important for Australia to know how close the war has come to Australia and the efforts people here have made to protect it,” he said.

Politicians traveled from Canberra to attend the event and pay their respects to fallen Australian soldiers and civilians.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison spoke at the ceremony, acknowledging the destruction and impact caused by the horrific bombings.

“The assault was met with many acts of bravery, bravery and compassion,” he said.

“The bombing of Darwin was the site of 64 air raids on the Top End which continent up to November 1943.”

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