Jersey in the Channel Islands celebrates its liberation from German occupation in world war two on 9 May each year.
Along with the other Channel Islands it was occupied by German forces in June 1940 and was not liberated by British forces until 1945, almost a year after the Allied landings in Normandy in June 1944. These were months of considerable physical and psychological hardship for the islands, which were the only parts of the British Isles to come under enemy control.
9 May is considered a national holiday and is celebrated with both remembrance services and ceremonies and festival-like events.
The celebrations are centred on Liberation Square between the island
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