Liberation, Celebration, 75 Years

Brass band plays, “God Save the Queen”

Stand to attention, young cadets seen.

Lieutenant governor inspects the parade,

Salutes and manoeuvres are dutifully made.

“And our dear Channel Islands are to be freed today. Long live the cause of freedom. God save the King.” W. Churchill 1945

Colourful flags, in full Town church,

Joyful celebration of peace on earth.

Remembering – a long time ago,

A freedom emerged from despair so low.

“The years of darkness and danger in which the children of our country have grown up are over, and, please God, for ever.” King George VI 1945

D-day darlings sing to bring cheer,

Young and old travel back through the years.

Old favourite tunes, the audience sings,

The spirit of Sarnia community brings.

“After nearly five years of German occupation, the people of your Bailiwick of Guernsey respectfully beg your majesty to accept their humble duty and their unshaken loyalty.” Lieutenant Governor 1945.

Vintage parade, old jeeps, dog tags,

Cheering crowds with Guernsey flags.

Military uniforms, khaki and blue,

Transport for soldiers from World War II.

“So hats off for freedom and coats off for work. There is much to do in settling down to the new order of things in Sarnia Cherie.” Guernsey Evening Press 9 May 1945

St James’ Spring prom, Guerka guests,

Rule Britannia, it’s just the best.

Castle Cornet, fireworks display,

Colourful end to a fabulous day.

“Chu meis nou célèbra lé jour dla Liberâtiaon, et coum nou di,  Let us remember, and celebrate!” Guernsey Patois.