At 11AM, the last post echoed around Priory Meadow, marking the 96th anniversary of Armistice Day in 1918 and the centenary of the First World War.
Ex-servicemen from the many conflicts bowed their heads in remembrance as the regimental colours were lowered and silence fell across the square.
As the Hastings town bell rang out, the gathered public and servicemen and women remembered not only the fallen of the First World War, but those whose lives were lost in all conflicts, from the fields of Flanders to the sands of Afghanistan.
Veterans in attendance spoke of the effect of the service, recalling their experiences and memories of fallen comrades.
The silence also marks the first Armistice day since the end of combat operations in Afghanistan, with seven service members being killed in action in 2014 before British involvement ended in October.