Mer­chant Navy Day

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The an­nual Com­mem­o­ra­tion Ser­vice for Mer­chant Navy Day is on at Voy­ager New Zealand Mar­itime Mu­seum on Septem­ber 3 at 11am.

In 2010 the New Zealand Govern­ment an­nounced it would join Bri­tain and other Com­mon­wealth coun­tries in com­mem­o­rat­ing those who served in the Mer­chant Navy in World War II.

The Septem­ber 3 date was cho­sen as it ob­serves the sink­ing of the first mer­chant ship in 1939, only hours af­ter war was de­clared.

The ser­vice will be con­ducted by Auck­land In­ter­na­tional Sea­far­ers Cen­tre Chap­lain David Mil­lar.

It will take about an hour, in­clud­ing the lay­ing of the wreath at Voy­ager’s Mer­chant Navy me­mo­rial plaque. Af­ter the ser­vice tea and cof­fee will be served and Voy­ager’s guides will be in the Oceans Apart Gallery to dis­cuss Navy-re­lated ob­jects and sto­ries.

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