Merchant Navy Day
Since 2000, Merchant Navy Day on 3rd 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, plenty of the fuel we burn and virtually all the products and goods we take for granted!
For the third year running, in 2017 Seafarers UK campaigned for the Red Ensign - the UK Merchant Navy's official flag - to be flown on 3rd September on civic buildings and landmark flagpoles across the UK. Parish, community, town, city, district and borough councils were 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, public libraries, village greens, churches, sports venues, historic buildings, tourist attractions, ports, etc.
This year 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.'
In 2018 our target is for the Red Ensign to be flown ashore at one thousand locations. As Merchant Navy Day on 3rd September falls on a Monday, we are encouraging participants to fly the flag for the whole week!
For further information please contact Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager at Seafarers UK, email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 020 7932 5969.