Erewash Borough Council will honour the thousands of brave comrades who perished during the Second World War when it marks the annual Merchant Navy Day on Thursday September 3.
The council will commemorate Merchant Navy Day by raising the Red Ensign – the flag, commonly known as ‘The Red Duster’ that flies proudly on British Merchant Ships – at Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Halls.
In addition, the council will take part in wreath-laying ceremonies – on behalf of the residents of Erewash – at the war memorials in Ilkeston and Long Eaton at 10am.
The Merchant Navy was a reserved occupation, with merchant seamen not permitted to join the armed forces during the Second World War. Merchant Navy seamen made an essential contribution to the war effort and each day 200,000 of them faced danger at sea to keep the country’s vital supply lines open.