Past and present members of the Merchant Navy will be honoured by Thurrock Council at a special event this September.
On Tuesday 3 September at 10:20am, the Red Ensign flag of the Merchant Navy will be raised outside the Civic Offices in New Road, Grays, for Merchant Navy Day. Following the flag-raising, the Mayor of Thurrock will read a special message from HRH The Earl of Wessex.
Marked on 3 September each year, Merchant Navy Day honours and celebrates the brave men and women who served and lost their lives during World War 1 and World War 2, as well as today’s merchant seafarers responsible for 95% of the UK's imports. The nationwide occasion, which is supported by Thurrock Council, focuses on raising funds for Seafarers UK – a charity that provides vital funding and support to seafarers in need and their families.
Ahead of the event, Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Terry Piccolo, said: "I'm very proud to be able to recognise the contribution that our Merchant Navy has made throughout history, during current times and in the future. They have, and continue to provide, a vital service."
Cllr Deborah Huelin, Cabinet member for communities said: "My grandfather served in both the First and Second World Wars and was in the Merchant Navy. By raising the Red Ensign flag, communities can come together and honour the memories of those navy men and women who have lost their lives in service."
To donate to Seafarers UK, go to merchantnavyfund.org