Merchant Navy DaySince 2000, Merchant Navy Day on 3 September has honoured the brave men and women who kept our island nation afloat during both World Wars, and celebrated our dependence on modern day merchant seafarers who are responsible for 95% of the UK's imports, including half the food we eat.
This year Seafarers UK is campaigning for the Red Ensign - the UK Merchant Navy's official flag - to be flown on Saturday 3 September on public buildings and landmark flagstaffs across the UK. Parish, town, community, city and borough councils are all invited to take part, along with higher-tier local authorities and governments.
There are many locations where the Red Ensign can be freely flown - civic centres, town halls, village greens, churches, sports venues, historic buildings, tourist attractions, ports, etc. All participating organisations will be added to a 'Roll of Honour' (see below) and promoted via social media.
Last year more than 200 local flag-hoisting ceremonies were organised, involving VIPs, civic dignitaries, Merchant Navy veterans, naval cadets, etc. A message of support from HRH The Earl of Wessex was read out 'to remember the sacrifices, salute the courage and support the future of the often unsung personnel of our Merchant Navy.'
That Royal request is included in a new 'Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day' Guide - click here to download. A Flyer is also available to promote the campaign locally - click here to download.
For further information please contact Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager, Seafarers UK, email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 020 7932 5969.