Commemorating Liberation Day at Vemork in Rjukan

08-05-2021 10:30 pm

It is easy to take for granted the freedoms that we enjoy, when we live in a country without war and democracy is our way of life. But more than 80 years ago, Europe was at war and Norway had been invaded by the Nazi's. My grandparents were both 7 years of age when the war found it's way to the shores of Norway. My great-grandfather was barely 18 years of age - old enough to be a soldier.

Visiting Vemork and commemorating the day that Norway was liberated was an extraordinary experience, especially since we had lost Sharidyn to the same senseless hate that our veterans had fought against.

I felt a little sad, that the three veterans that attended the ceremony didn't have an audience.

Lest we forget!

Monument at Vemork in Rjukan (2021) Photo credit: S. Svebakk-Bøhn

Me and Sydney in front of the monument at Vemork (2021) Photo credit: O. R Bøhn

Veterans honouring fallen soldiers (2021) Photo credit: S. Svebakk-Bøhn

We thank you for your service, your sacrifice and all the freedoms that we are lucky to enjoy (2021) Photo credit: S. Svebakk-Bøhn