The first event in Uckfield to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day took place outside the Civic Centre.
A maroon sounded the start of a two minutes’ silence, remembering those who died and were injured in World War Two.
A maroon sounded again to end the silence and the Union Flag was hauled into position by veteran Arthur Razzell, from Buxted.
On VE Day, Mr Razzell’s war looked as if it would have a long time to run.
He was in the Pacific as a 17-year-old Midshipman on the staff of Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser, on HMS Duke of York, the Navy’s flagship in the Pacific.
In the end the war against the Japanese lasted only another three months and ended after the dropping of two atom bombs.