While flags and bunting appeared across the Island as preparations for Saturday’s 75th anniversary continued, Eliana Zammataro-Cowsill has been working hard with her two children, five-year-old Federico and three-year-old Ariella, to get their Trinity home ready inside and out.
They hope the display, which includes decorations made from Lego, drawings, flags and more, will make people smile as the Island prepares to celebrate a locked-down Liberation Day.
‘I think it’s important, especially during these challenging times, to remember how important our freedom is,’ she said. ‘It is especially significant as we are celebrating 75 years of liberation this year and I have been trying to explain this to my children over the past week.
‘So I thought it would be nice to go all out and decorate our house to lift our moods and to also make other people who see it smile. We have enjoyed spending our afternoons creating pictures, using Lego and baking cakes – once the home-schooling work was complete.’
The JEP is now asking Islanders to send in photos of their decorated homes and also of their celebrations this weekend.
The Government of Jersey has amended its programme of celebratory events for Liberation 75 to allow people to experience the occasion online, including tuning in to the official States sitting and being able to watch the Bailiff’s address and traditional flag raising via the internet.
Islanders are also being encouraged to host their own pop-up party for their household from 3pm, before a live ‘virtual skyline’ party is streamed from the ramparts at Fort Regent from 7pm to 11pm.
And the Bailiff, Timothy Le Cocq, is asking Islanders to fly Jersey and Union flags to mark the Island’s liberation.
He said: ‘We have recently flown flags and hung bunting to support the efforts of our frontline workers who are responding to the Covid-19 virus. Following the issuing of bunting from my Chambers to households last week, I would like to encourage all households to fly the Jersey flag to support
the build up to Liberation Day.
‘This will be a simple demonstration of our community coming together under difficult circumstances.’
Photos and accounts of how you spend Liberation Day this year will be included in Monday’s JEP. Please email them to email@example.com.