Wednesday 05 June 2019
An official delegation from Guernsey are travelling to Normandy to join the D-Day 75th anniversary commemorations.
Deputy Gavin St Pier, Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq and Sir Richard Collas, Bailiff of Guernsey, will attend a Service of Remembrance at the Cathedral of Bayeux and a Commemorative Service at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Bayeux Cemetery, both hosted by the Royal British Legion. They will also attend the International Ceremony at Juno Beach, hosted by the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe. In addition to the D-Day commemorations, Deputy Le Tocq has today attended the 2019 Normandy Peace Forum, which focussed on the theme of 'Peace Makers'.
Guernsey has strong historical and cultural ties with Normandy, and relations have been strengthened in recent years through the Cooperation Agreement signed with the region of Normandy, the departmental council of La Manche and Jersey in 2016 which seeks to maintain and develop relations across a number of areas. D-Day commemorations have a special significance in this relationship, given the shared experience of occupation and liberation that is common to both Normandy and the Channel Islands, and joint projects focussing on historical remembrance currently form part of the cooperation such as joint involvement in the European Atlantik Wall project.
"It is an honour to represent Guernsey at the commemoration events for the 75th anniversary of D-Day taking place in Normandy. The events of 1944 were a pivotal point in the Allied progress in the Second World War, which led eventually to our Bailiwick's own liberation in May 1945. We have close cultural and historical ties with Normandy, now underpinned by our political cooperation agreement. These commemorations are primarily an opportunity to remember the sacrifices of an earlier generation to secure our freedom but they also provide a valuable opportunity to demonstrate our ongoing work to maintain and strengthen important relationships."
-Deputy Gavin St Pier, Chief Minister of Guernsey