Liberation Day

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During my stay in Jersey, I joined my sister in heading down to Liberation Square for the Liberation Day celebrations. May 9th 1945 was the day that the Channel Islands were liberated from occupation by the Germans, and every year there are parades and a memorial service and a reconstruction of events. Even though I spent my first 30 years living in Jersey, I had never participated – probably for some of the “locals” it’s considered a tourist thing and they’d rather avoid the crowds.

Here are some of my photos from the day…

one of my favourite photos from the whole holiday

there were old military vehicles

 

 

huge screens were set up so that as many people as possible could see what was going on

 

military personnel parading through the town

 

pipe band

marching band

veterans waiting by the Royal Square to parade down to the Weighbridge

soldiers gathering on the balcony of the Pomme D’Or Hotel, just as they did in 1945

 

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