Merchant Navy Day to be marked in Liverpool

Liverpool will mark Merchant Navy Day on Sunday 3 September with a special service and wreath-laying ceremony.

The annual celebration raises awareness of past, present and future Merchant Navy seafarers and also remembers the 36,000 men who died at sea during World War Two.

A public service of celebration will take place at Liverpool Parish Church in the city centre from midday. As well as commemorating the history of the Merchant Navy, there will be a focus on seafarers today.

Also in attendance will be civic dignitaries from across the city region, including the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Mary Rasmussen, along with current and retired seafarers, as well as others who represent the work of the Merchant Navy today.

The service will include an address from Sir Michael Bibby, Chair of the Bibby Line Group, who will talk about shipping today.

The church service starts at midday and all those with a connection to Liverpool’s maritime community are welcome to attend.

It will be followed by a procession to the Merchant Navy memorial located at the Pier Head at around 1pm, where wreaths will be laid.

Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Mary Rasmussen, said, “It is vitally important that we remember the sacrifices made by many thousands of seafarers who supported the fight for our freedom.

“We also remember those who are involved in keeping the world safe today, and particularly Ukrainian marines involved in fighting the ongoing invasion by Russia.”

The Rector of Liverpool, the Reverend Canon Dr Crispin Pailing, who will lead the service, said, “Our city has a proud maritime tradition, which is why it is vital we commemorate those who served in conflict and have kept our country safe.

“It is also important we remember the importance of the maritime trade to our city. The ebb and flow of the tide brings with it arriving and departing vessels, all served by seafarers who play a valuable role in safely bringing goods, supplies and tourists to our shore.”

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