Liberation Day 2023: All you need to know to mark the 78th anniversary

Thousands come out to mark Liberation Day across the Channel Islands each year. Credit: ITV Channel

Liberation Day on Tuesday 9 May 2023 will mark 78 years since the end of the Nazi Occupation in the Channel Islands.

Across the Bailiwicks, there are a number of events organised for people to commemorate the occasion.

In Jersey, there's a thanksgiving service and re-enactment ceremony in Liberation Square starting at 10:30am.

Seated tickets are sold out, but people can turn up on the day and stand to watch the procession.

Islanders who were in Jersey during the Occupation are attending a breakfast with evacuees and those who were serving overseas at the time.

It will take place in St Helier Town Hall between 7.30am and 9am.

There's also an afternoon tea and raffle from 3pm which is open to all parishioners who want to mark the day - more information can be found here.

A slave and forced workers commemoration is scheduled for 3pm at the crematorium grounds at Westmount.

Descendants of the forced workers will lay flowers at the memorial, and all islanders are welcome to attend to pay their respects.

Meanwhile, in Guernsey there was an event on Friday 5 May where people who were born, evacuated, or lived through the occupation came together to dance, sing and enjoy a tea party.

On Liberation Day, commemorations will begin at at 8:55am in Guernsey with a sounding of the siren at Victoria Tower.

There will then be wreath laying at the war memorial at the top of Smith Street, followed by a military parade at 10am.

Music will be played at Castle Cornet from 11am, while the cavalcade will start at 1pm at Rue des Monnais in Torteval.

The Guernsey Jazz Orchestra, the Big Band Collective and the visiting group The D-Day Darlings are all scheduled to perform at the Crown Pier concert from 5pm.

The day will conclude with fireworks at Castle Cornet from 9:15pm.

If you or a loved one would like to share your experience of the Occupation and Liberation Day, please email

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