75 Years of Freedom
This year we celebrate 75 years of liberated freedom since the surrender of the German Third Reich and the removal of the occupying German forces from Europe and the Channel Islands in 1945.
Towards the end of last year, Sark teamed up with our sister Channel Islands and applied to become members of Liberation Route Europe. We have recently heard that the Channel Islands have been accepted as new members. Liberation Route Europe was founded in 2008 in the Netherlands to ensure that future generations never forget the Second World War. They concentrate on the route the Allied Forces took across Europe to secure our freedom.
In due course, Vectors (a type of plaque) will be placed in strategic positions to mark the route taken by the liberating forces; from the point they disembarked at Creux Harbour, to the place the surrender documents were signed and finally to La Seigneurie to discuss matters with Dame Sibyl who was then left temporarily in charge of the German prisoners of war.
To further commemorate our 75 year anniversary, we have produced an occupation and liberation booklet and will be holding an exhibition in the Old Island Hall to tell the story of those who lived through the Occupation.