Members of the Comox Valley Branch of the Royal Canadian Naval Association, Steve Cowan (right) and Dennis McGuckin (left) present the Canadian Merchant Navy ensign to Wendy Sorichta, manager of Legislative & Corporate Administrative Services for the City of Courtenay.

Members of the Comox Valley Branch of the Royal Canadian Naval Association, Steve Cowan (right) and Dennis McGuckin (left) present the Canadian Merchant Navy ensign to Wendy Sorichta, manager of Legislative & Corporate Administrative Services for the City of Courtenay.

Comox Valley municipalities to recognize Merchant Navy Day

Every year, on Sept. 3, Merchant Navy Day is celebrated throughout the Commonwealth.

The three local municipalities, and our three Royal Canadian Legions, will once again fly the red Canadian Merchant Navy ensign from their respective buildings.

While serving with the convoys in the North Atlantic, the life expectancies of merchant navy seamen was one in four — the highest casualty rate of all the services.

Ex-merchant navy personnel from any Commonwealth country, and any interested citizens, are welcome to attend the laying of the wreath in honour of the merchant navy at the Comox cenotaph, Sept. 3 at 11 a.m.

For more information, visit the HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial on Cliffe Avenue.

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