Elm Park Councillors Stephanie Nunn and Barry Mugglestone today write in the Havering Daily.
On Friday 3 September at 2 pm the Merchant Navy ensign was raised by Brian Vallis and Ron Hearn at the Royal British Legion in Elm Park. The Merchant Navy personnel were joined by members of the Royal British Legion and three standard bearers.
Councillor Barry Mugglestone welcomed the group, saying:
“The Merchant Navy suffered heavy losses during both world wars but kept Britain supplied with the food and raw materials it desperately needed.
“These wartime necessities however came at a cost, in WWI alone more than 14,000 merchant seafarers lost their lives.
“Another 40,000 merchant seafarers died during WWII. Those seafarers ranged in age from 14 to 78 years of age and included 8,500 Asian seamen and seafarers from across the world who served in the British Merchant Navy.
“So today we also honour our brave men and women from the Merchant Navy, both in the two world wars and since.”
Merchant Navy Day was made an official day of remembrance in 2000.
Mr Terry Sullivan read the message from Buckingham Palace and Councilloe Barry Mugglestone read the message from the Prime Minister’s Office,
Councillor Stephanie Nunn held the Certificate of Commemoration from the Seafarers UK awarded to the RBL Elm Park for supporting the ‘Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day Campaign.’
A special service was also be held at St Nicholas Church, Elm Park on Sunday 5 September.