Recently we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2.
I believe this to be the perfect opportunity to remind us all of the sacrifices made by the men of the allied Merchant Navy.
The Canadian Merchant Navy lost over 1,700 seamen during WWII. The British Merchant Navy lost in excess of 32,000, the highest per capita rate than any of the other forces. During WWII, the Merchant Navy saw continuous action in the longest battle of the war, the Battle of the Atlantic. Without them, there would have been no Battle of Britain or, indeed, other fronts around the world.
Admiral Leonard Murray stated, “The Battle of the Atlantic was not won by Navy or any Air Force, it was won by the courage, fortitude and determination of the British and Allied Merchant Navy.”
Sept. 3 is designated in Canada, and the rest of the Commonwealth, as Merchant Navy Day.
I hope to see the Red Ensign flying from City Hall and our Royal Canadian Legions.
Dennis McGuckin, British MN retired