8 May 1945, two Royal Navy destroyers arrived in Channel Island
waters, and on the 9th May a declaration of unconditional surrender
celebrations continued for several days, with people singing and
dancing in the streets.
Square was opened by Prince Charles on the 9th May 1995 to mark
the 50th Anniversary of the end of the Occupation. The design of
the square signifies freedom, with a sculpture by Philip Jackson
as the centrepiece.
site of Liberation Square is very important - it is in this square
that islanders gathered on 9th May 1945, whilst the liberators stood
on a balcony at the Pomme D'Or hotel and raised the Union Jack.
is held every year, with the Bailiff leading a procession from Howard
Davis Park to Liberation Square. Liberation day is an important
bank holiday for Jersey people, many of whom experienced the occupation
plaque at the square reads:
'At this place on 9th May, 1945, advance parties from the Royal
Navy and the British Army liberated Jersey from nearly five years
of occupation by German forces. They and the return of the British
flag were greeted by
thousands of Islanders with intense relief, joy and gratitude.
On the 50th Anniversary of that day, the States and people of Jersey
dedicate this new Liberation square to commemorate that historic
event and all those whose efforts and sacrifices made it possible.'