Erewash Borough Council will honour over 40,000 brave comrades who perished during the Second World War when it marks the annual Merchant Navy Day on Wednesday September 3.
The council will raise the Red Ensign – the flag, commonly known as the ‘The Red Duster’, that flies on British Merchant Ships – at Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Halls.
Wreath-laying ceremonies will also take place on behalf of the residents of Erewash at the war memorials in Ilkeston and Long Eaton at 11am.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal, said: “It is important to honour the role played by merchant seafarers during the Second World War, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice. Erewash Borough Council is proud to fly the ‘Red Duster’.