Thursday, 31st August
Merchant Navy Day is an annual observance dedicated to honouring and recognising the contributions and sacrifices of the Merchant Navy. Once again it is being celebrated on September 3rd. A date holds significance as marking the day during World War II when the SS Athenia, a British passenger ship, was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine in 1939. This event serves as a reminder of the Merchant Navy’s vital role in supporting the nation, often in perilous circumstances.
The day is an opportunity to remember and pay tribute to the men and women who have served in the Merchant Navy, particularly during times of war and conflict when their efforts were crucial to supplying goods, resources, and personnel to the front lines. It’s also a time to acknowledge the challenges and dangers that Merchant Navy crews face, including the risks associated with working at sea.
Merchant Navy Day is commemorated through various events, ceremonies, and gatherings, where participants and attendees show their respect and gratitude to the Merchant Navy and its members. These events often include wreath-laying ceremonies, memorial services, parades, and receptions involving veterans, representatives from shipping-related industries, government officials, and the general public. It’s a day to reflect on the significant role that the Merchant Navy plays in maintaining the well-being and prosperity of a nation.
We encourage everyone to raise a toast and to fly the flag for our merchant navy, and seafarers.