We Remember: September 3rd is Merchant Navy Day
They sailed shipments of fuel, food and other essential supplies across the world, and delivered troops and military equipment where they were needed.
The work was important and extremely dangerous. 4,700 Allied merchant ships were sunk during the conflict, and 30,000 Allied merchant seamen lost their lives.
This included New Zealand ships like the Turakina and the Limerick, and at least 140 Kiwi merchant seafarers were killed with a similar number taken prisoner.
The merchant navy faced greater danger than any other group of New Zealand civilians. Their sacrifice and heroism will be remembered forever.
Merchant Navy Day is being commemorated at the below times and locations on Sunday September 3rd.
The exception is Nelson, where due to scheduling issues the ceremony is on Saturday September 2nd.
The Maritime Room
Princes Wharf, Corner Quay and Hobson Street
156 Gloucester St, Taradale
National War Memorial
Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
RSVP by Monday 28 August to ensure seating
Telephone 04 817 8910 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Note: This event takes place on Saturday)
Between Haven Road and Rutherford Street
Lyttelton War Memorial Cenotaph
241 Foreshore Road