Merchant Navy Day Service
Location: Merchant Navy Memorial, Trinity Square Gardens Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4DJ.
Date: 04 September 2016
03 September 2017
09 September 2018
The principal Merchant Navy Day Service is held annually at the national Merchant Navy Memorial in Trinity Square Gardens on Tower Hill in London EC3 on the Sunday immediately following 3rd September, Merchant Navy Day, or on that day if a Sunday. A multi-faith service, it is organised by the Merchant Navy Association. In the care of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the three memorials there bear the 35,395 names of those merchant seamen from the First and Second World Wars together with the Falklands Campaign for whom there is no known grave but the sea.
A Royal Marine Band accompanies the Service which includes the reading of a first-hand account, different on each occasion, of an action involving a ship and its crew named on the Memorial. In marking its centenary, from 2014 to 2018 the readings relate to actions in the First World War.
Together with veteran and serving members of the Merchant Navy, their relatives and friends, the Service is attended by representatives of the shipping industry, Commonwealth High Commissions, Embassies, Royal Navy, Trinity House, maritime organisations, seafarers’ charities and more as well as the standard bearers of branches of the Merchant Navy Association; Royal Fleet Auxiliary Association; Royal Naval Association; Royal British Legion; Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Sea Cadets.
Wreaths are laid at each memorial, followed by the planting in the Memorial’s lawn of miniature Red Ensigns, the flag of the Merchant Navy, in individual acts of remembrance or of support for those currently serving.
The attendance of members of the public at the Service is welcomed.
The Merchant Navy Association organises wreaths for those attending the Service, laying them too on behalf of those unable to be present. For details, contact the MNA at email@example.com or 01472 851130.
'SEA OF REMEMBRANCE'
The ‘Sea of Remembrance’ is formed of miniature Red Ensigns planted by the Sailors’ Society which, on request, adds a personal dedication to the reverse of each flag. To apply, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 023 8051 5950. While offering this service without charge, donations are appreciated by the Sailors’ Society, a charity registered in England & Wales, no. 237778; http://www.sailors-society.org/