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On the evening of the 4th of May 1945 the Danish people learned that the German Forces had capitulated; in celebration, after years of curfews, they tore down their window blackout materials and lit candles in their windows. They gathered in the churches and halls and sang patriotic Danish songs.

Each year on May 4th & 5th the Danish people commemorate the Liberation of Denmark. It has been a tradition since 1945 to light candles in the windows on the 4th of May and to gather and sing songs of liberation and national pride.

On the 4th May 2010, the 65th anniversary of Denmark's Liberation, the people of West Jutland gathered for an "Alsang" evening in the newly renovated Kaj Munk Praestegard (Kaj Munk's vicarage) in Vedersø just a few kilometres North of Stadil. Relatives and friends of the EE138 crew were asked to join the local Danes for this evening of remembrance.

That evening people were asked to fly their flags the next day to mark the passage for the Lancaster; which is a truly wonderful gesture showing how the events on both the 4th and 5th of May formed a combined celebration.

 

 

 

Below: Mrs Jessie Bowler was asked to light a candle in the window which is very symbolic.

 

This was the first function to be held at the new meeting hall and it was a wonderful evening with lots of warmth and good cheer, many of those people at the Alsang evening also attended the event held the following day at the Stadil Lancaster EE138 crash site.

Above left: Kaj Munk Praestegard Chief Executive Lisbeth Lunde Lauridsen led the evening.

Above right: 90 year old Mrs Inger Augustinussen has been an organist for 60 years in Vedersø - including for Kaj Munk.

 

Below: Mr. Knud Tarpgaard related a very theatrical and entertaining story about Kaj Munk.

  Below: Mr Henry Dahl, an authoritative local historian from Tarm, was engaged by the parish organisers to give an illustrated account of the final minutes of Lancaster EE138. Above: Mr Dahl's extensive knowledge of Bomber Command aircraft, such as the Lancaster, and his forty year involvement with the Luft Home Guard was evident as he related the eyewitness accounts of the aerial battle between the radar assisted Junkers-88 and EE138, adjacent to Vest Stadil Fjord
  Below: Peter Forrester spoke about the Lancaster fly past the next day which Grete Møllerhøj (pictured right) then translated
 

Kaj Harald Leininger Munk (known as Kaj Munk) - 13 January 1898 – 4 January, 1944, was a Danish playwright, poet and Lutheran pastor, known for his cultural engagement and his martyrdom during World War II.  From 1924, he was the vicar of Vedersø in Western Jutland.

A member of the resistance, Kaj Munk was picked up one dark January night in 1944 because he had spoken against the Nazi regime. He was arrested and subsequently assassinated by the Gestapo on January 4, 1944 at Hørbylunde, near Silkeborg. 

 

Kaj Munk is often remembered for his song "The Blue Anemone" based on a flower which thrives on Lolland, where he was born. He took this flower from Lolland and planted it his garden in Vedersø - where this beautiful flower (pictured above) still grows today.

     
     
     

 

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