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This year it is 65 years since the end of the Second World War in Norway. Each year Norwegians mark this day with music corps, flag and flowers placed on local memorials to those who fell in World War II. The liberation in 1945 was a huge relief and joy throughout the people who were finally free after 5 years of Nazi occupation.

The coolest drummer in Eikeli School Band (My son Kyle 2007)

The coolest drummer in Eikeli School Band (My son Kyle 2007)

Tension had been building since the death of Adolf Hitler April 30, and the people were anxious to find out how the German army would then respond. The evening of the 7th of May General Bøhme got the order to surrender the German forces in Norway, and he complied. The home front’s leadership was finally able to release the famous statement: “Our struggle is crowned with victory, Norway is again free.” As in many other countries the people celebrated in the streets and built bonfires of Nazi propaganda posters and flags. 

Liberation celebration in the on Karl Johans Street in Oslo 1945

Liberation celebration in the on Karl Johans Street in Oslo 1945

Throughout the land exhausted Norwegians poured into streets to celebrate the liberation. Those who had been in hiding or exile because of the war began to come home – from abroad, from concentration camps and prison, or from hiding places in the country.

Now each 8th of May from 15 stations around the country there is a 12 shot salute fired at noon commemorating the liberation day 8 May 1945 and all Norwegians fallen under both the Second World War and all later wars.

Royal Guard at Memorial Site

Royal Guard at Memorial Site

 It is important that awareness of the 8th of May and what it stands for does not gradually fade away in new generations. The fallen gave the maximum sacrifice possible for us survivors to be free. We are overwhelmed mentally every day by news of war and defamation of human rights around the world. It is our job to continue the march for peace and never to forget the atrocities that occurred.

If you would like to learn more about the Norwegian Home Fronts activities in the Second World War, why not take a trip the Home Front Museum at Akeshus Fortress when you join us at Oslo Blog Gathering 2010???

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Comments on: "Liberation day celebrated in Norway" (5)

  1. I hope you will have a great celebration in Oslo Tomorrow! I am particulary attentiv about the celebration because France was in a similar situation and my parents, grandparents spoke a lot about this period wich was so hard. At the moment I am reading “The story of a german” by Sebastian Haffner, memories (1914-1933). This is interesting to read, telling by a german man, the circonstances wich could explain the advent of the nazism. I was very curious to learn the life in Germany from 1914 to the advent of Hitler and understand how a State can federate people around an out of one’s mind society’ s project.
    This book help to understand this time and I think all politics should read it in order to know the symptoms wich are dangerous in a society and wich can exist at any time!
    Nice to see Kyle in his uniform!!!

  2. There were celebrations in Canada too, although I didn’t get to see them since the weather was not good today (cold and rainy!). 65 years seems like a long time, but really, it isn’t. It’s good we remember.

  3. That is wonderful and I love the picture of Kyle!
    Check out Dackel Princess. I have an entry up about Einstein, the World’s Smallest Horse! He is born in New Hampshire, in Barnstead, 16 days ago! Oh so very precious!

  4. Thanks for taking me down the memory line: I was in the Kings Guard too you know (although quite a while ago 🙂 )

  5. It is very important that we remember. I was just a little girl at the liberation of Paris, but I remember walking all over the Paris streets with my mum. There were so many people, singing, dancing. I did not understand it well, but then my mother told me we would not have to get down the 6 floors in the dark in our apartment building when we heard sirens and go to the dark cellar.

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