A Dedication to Francois Marie Scornet 1921 to 1941

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends"

John 15 verse 3

"I believe the end of my existence has come, I will die for France, bravely facing the enemy. In an hour it will be finished...be assured that I will die a good Christian...for the last time I embrace you..."

The above testimate was taken from the last known letter to his parents.

The Annual Service to commemorate the execution of Francois Marie Scornet was held on Monday night at St Ouens Manor. The event was well attended and wreaths were laid by the Connstable of St Ouens Ken Vibert and the Honourary French Console Robin Pallot. A young guard of honour of marine cadets of TS Jersey fired a volley of blank cartridges to mark the occassion.

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Welcome to the first news edition for the François Scornet web site, it's an exciting time for the Web team right now and we have an official release date for the launch of the site which is Tuesday September 18th, more news to follow as regards time and venues.

We have just had our 62nd Liberation day in Jersey and what a day it was, it all started with a moving and sombre ceremony which reflected on what was, what has been and what is, reminding Islanders of how fortunate that we are to be free and how hard it was during the occupation of Jersey.

We were also fortunate to have a visit from His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent who made local history by becoming the first member of the Royal family to lay a wreath at the slave workers memorial. The Duke also sat in on the special Liberation day States sitting, where Chief Minister Frank Walker reminded his Ministers that we should never take our present circumstance for granted and of how fortunate that we are to be living in free times.

There were many other celebrations during the day which culminated in a concert at the peoples park with many shows and acts including the Jersey Big Band and Gerard Le Feuvre and his orchestra, there was also face painting and arts workshops for the kids, a beer tent and many other attractions to keep all amused, unfortunately Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth could not attend as the weather although fair was not good enough for a landing, nevertheless a good day was had by all.

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