THIS year’s Liberation Day celebrations have been confirmed as Jersey looks to mark 78 years of freedom from German occupation.
A service and re-enactment will be held in Liberation Square at 11am on 9 May, following several days of activities taking place throughout the bank holiday weekend in celebration of the Coronation of King Charles III.
The logo for this year’s Liberation Day proceedings has seen a further adjustment from that which was originally designed to mark Liberation 75, to bring it in line with the colours of the Coronation emblem.
The Bailiff, Sir Timothy Le Cocq, said: ‘Liberation Day will always remain an important day for all Islanders as it not only provides us with an opportunity to share the stories of those who lived through the Occupation but also for us to join together with friends and family for this special Island event.’
He added: ‘The Occupation of Jersey was arguably the defining moment of the last hundred years and Liberation is rightly commemorated by our unique public holiday. This year it will be the finale in a series of celebrations starting with His Majesty’s Coronation. I am looking forward to those celebrations and a return to the traditional format for Liberation Day.’
Key Liberation Day timings:
– From 9am: Formation of marching contingents in the Royal Square.
– From 10.15am: Procession to Liberation Square, parades with Scout Band and Girl Guides and Jersey Field Squadron, Veterans, Cadets and SJA.
– 10:30am: Special sitting of the States Assembly
– 10:50: Procession to Liberation Square – States Members, Crown Officers and Clergy
– 11.05am: Service of thanksgiving followed by re-enactment of Force 135 arrival, singing of beautiful Jersey and national anthem.
– Noon: March past and motorcade
– 12.15pm: End.