Guernsey's Liberation Day 'marks island's achievements'

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Guernsey's Liberation Day 'marks island's achievements'

Post by GD on Wed 09 May 2012, 10:15 am

Guernsey's Bailiff said Liberation Day should mark the island's achievements in the post-war years.

Richard Collas gave his first Liberation Day message as Bailiff, after taking on the role in March.

He said: "It is a time to celebrate... the freedoms that we now enjoy, the prosperity we enjoy and the wonderful things about Guernsey."

The island marked the start of the 67th anniversary of liberation with the sounding of an air raid siren.

The siren is one of the last remaining on the island, and is sounded every year on the morning of 9 May.

A number of events including live music, a flag raising, a church service and a parade have been planned for the day.

The Bailiff said he felt it was important to strike a balance between celebration and reflection on Liberation Day.

The guest preacher at the 2012 Liberation Day church service said it was an honour to be asked to be part of the event.

The Venerable Air Vice-Marshall Retired Robin Turner, who was Chaplain-in-Chief of the Royal Air Force, said his message was the importance of remembrance.

Guernsey was liberated from German forces on 9 May 1945, after almost five years of occupation.
(from BBC)

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