The Islands were occupied by the Germans for 5 years of World War II
A full day of activities will take place and will include an Outdoor Church Service and the Condor Liberation Cavalcade as two of the major special features for the day. The Cavalcade, which comprises decorated floats and military vehicles, will be the biggest cavalcade Liberation Day has seen over the years. A host of entertainment and activities will be staged on North Beach, Crown Pier, Albert Pier and the sea front in St. Peter Port for all age groups. The annual LibRock concert will be the central focal point in the evening on North Beach along with a show-stopping firework display in the skies above St. Peter Port.
Sarnia; dear Homeland, Gem of the sea.
Island of beauty, my heart longs for thee.
Thy voice calls me ever, in waking, or sleep,
Till my soul cries with anguish, my eyes ache to weep.
In fancy I see thee, again as of yore,
Thy verdure clad hills and thy wave beaten shore.
Thy rock sheltered bays, ah; of all thou art best,
I'm returning to greet thee, dear island of rest.
Sarnia Cherie. Gem of the sea.
Home of my childhood, my heart longs for thee.
Thy voice calls me ever, forget thee I'll never,
Island of beauty. Sarnia Cherie.
I left thee in anger, I knew not thy worth.
Journeyed afar, to the ends of the earth.
Was told of far countries, the heav'n of the bold,
Where the soil gave up diamonds, silver and gold.
The sun always shone, and "race" took no part,
But thy cry always reached me, its pain wrenched my heart.
So I'm coming home, thou of all art the best.
Returning to greet thee, dear island of rest.
I may not be able to be in Guernsey on this special day but I am able to share some of the joy and highlights thanks to BBC iPlayer from which I download and look and listen to the local news every evening
Hope you all have a wonderful celebration ..my thoughts and my heart are with you all
This book 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society book was a #1 New York Times Bestseller
So hopefully some of you know a little of Guernsey in war time
It comes highly recommended and has lots of letters and recollections of Guernsey people in the 5 years of the occupation of their precious home
It's available on Amazon.com
And I would have thought at most book shops
Have a wonderful weekend
And I look forward to telling you what I know
Of the Occupation from the recollections of my own family and from friends who shared these harrowing times