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Merchant Navy Day

Since 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 much of the food we eat, most of the fuel we burn and virtually all the products and goods we take for granted!

This year Seafarers UK is campaigning for the Red Ensign - the UK Merchant Navy's official flag - to be flown on Sunday 3rd September on public buildings and landmark flagpoles 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 ashore - civic centres, town halls, village greens, churches, sports venues, historic buildings, tourist attractions, ports, etc. All participating organisations will be added to a prestigious 'Roll of Honour' (see below) and promoted via social media.

Last year more than hundreds of local flag-hoisting ceremonies were organised, involving VIPs, civic dignitaries, Merchant Navy veterans, naval cadets, etc. At some locations 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 free Flyer is also available to promote the campaign locally - click here to download.

For further information - or to request a printed copy of the new Guide and/or Flyer - please contact Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager at Seafarers UK, email nick.harvey@seafarers-uk.org, phone 020 7932 5969.

To confirm your participation please complete this online registration form.

Roll of Honour 2017 (coming soon)

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The Merchant Navy Fund is administered by
Seafarers UK (King George's Fund for Sailors),
a Registered Charity in England & Wales, No. 226446, incorporated under Royal Charter.
Registered in Scotland SC038191.

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