Lest we forget the merchant marines in future ceremonies

Dear editor,

It was good to see a large turnout for the Remembrance Day ceremony in Comox, to honour those that fought and died for our country.

One group that is rarely recognized is the merchant marine. These brave men ferried the cargo to keep Britain and the troops going.

In a convoy, the freighters and tankers, not the naval escorts, were the prime targets.

In World War II, over 30,000 allied merchantmen perished.

Despite this, for many years after the war the survivors were largely forgotten and denied any benefits.

So let us remember them for their service and sacrifice along with the members of our armed forces.



Ralph Watts