After five long years of occupation, on May 9th 1945 all German flags were lowered across the Island and British officers stepped back onto Guernsey’s shores to liberate the Island. Already awash in red, white and blue blunting, thousands of Islanders crowded into St. Peter Port to celebrate, greeting the small liberation party with exuberant cheers and tears of joy and the song “Sarnia-Cherie”.
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“In the interest of saving lives operations will cease at one minute after midnight tonight... and our dear Channel Islands are also to be freed today.” Churchill's Speech 8th May 1945 - Churchill declares all German land, sea and air forces have surrendered
Annual Liberation Day 9th May
Celebrated as a national holiday throughout the Channel Islands. It attracts a huge crowd to St Peter Port to commemorate the occupation and to celebrate the values of freedom and liberty.