World War II 75th anniversary: Newcastle Military Vehicle Club made their presence felt on VP Day 2020

Twenty-five military vehicles made their way through Lake Macquarie suburbs on Saturday to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific Day.

The convoy of vehicles, most of which were from World War II, was organised as a way to take commemorations to the people after COVID-19 restrictions put the kibosh on face-to-face ceremonies.

Newcastle Military Vehicle Club member Jason Becker said he was overwhelmed by how many people turned out to see the procession, which traveled through Rathmines and Wangi Wangi.


"The response from the community was fantastic," Mr Becker said.

"On the way to Wangi there were families and kids out the front of their houses and at intersections. It was great.

Mr Becker said there was a few breakdowns given the age of the vehicles and the difficulty of getting them out on the road recently due to the pandemic.

But he said it was a nice to be able to get the vehicles out at all, after plans for 140 historic military vehicles travelling in a convoy to Darwin to mark 75 years since the war's end were also scuttled because of coronavirus.

"It was good to be able to actually do something on a smaller scale," he said.

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