Merchant Navy Day

Merchant Navy Day on 3rd September honours the brave men and women who kept our island nation afloat during both World Wars, and celebrates our dependence on modern day merchant seafarers.

Here at Community Network we reach out to those connected to the Merchant Navy, helping retired seafarers participate in our Seafarers Link telephone communities. We know that many of our beneficiaries will be participating in local and national ceremonies this week.

This year we are ‘doing our bit’, joining local councils and others across the UK commemorating Merchant Navy Day at 10.00am, 3rd September 2015.  Our funding partner Seafarers UK is calling on the government to formally recognise Merchant Navy Day on 3rd September as the official day on which the UK’s historical and ongoing dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers is commemorated, and their special needs acknowledged.

Merchant Navy Memorial and Gardens, Bristol“In war and peace they toiled their trade

Over large angry seas,

Remember them as here you stand,

Beneath these placid trees”

Capt. J Earl

Words quoted above are from Bristol’s Merchant Navy Memorial, June 2000, plaque in the regenerated harbourside, Welsh Back, Bristol.  You can just see the river behind the memorial benches. Out of view in this photo is the flag pole with Red Ensign hoisted. The flag which represents the Merchant Navy will be displayed across the country during commemorations this week.