Merchant Navy Day acknowledges the brave men and women of the Merchant Navy, who in both World Wars kept our Island nation afloat and in peacetime faced, and continue to face the routine perils of violent storms and mountainous seas.
On this day we remember Merchant Navy Veterans by holding a flag raising ceremony at the Town Hall. The Red Ensign Flag raises awareness of our island nation’s ongoing dependence on Merchant Navy Seafarers. We host representatives from the Merchant navy; both serving and veterans, one of which who will read out a reading on the day. We are also joined by a representative from the Wiltshire Lieutenancy Office who reads out a message from His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex.