Most who are reading this will never really be able to appreciate fully what it meant to be liberated after five years of German occupation during WW2. We have never had to do without the many things we take for granted today. Things like food basics, running water, electricity and the freedom to come and go at will etc.
We try to imagine what it was like back then but because we were not the there we would find it difficult to identify with that type of hardship, like those who lived through these times of oppression. And so the wonderful liberty that eventually followed was something that only those dear folks could truly appreciate.
The day our Island celebrated the 70th anniversary of our liberation was a very special day. Seventy years is a long time after all! Plenty of time in fact to allow feelings of thankfulness and joy to dissolve into what we see today when a truly thankful heart is a rare human trait.
I wonder how many of us for example truly appreciate the liberty we enjoy today, and the tremendous cost it took to bring this to us! We may be struggling a little on account of the current economic crisis but we certainly know nothing of the suffering the Jersey folks endured during those dark days so long ago. We have a tendency to take the wonderful privileges we enjoy for granted. We don't mean to but human nature so quickly forgets the past and expects everything to be at hand without even a thought.