Merchant Navy Day
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.