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ELVETHAM HEATH MARKS MERCHANT NAVY DAY
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Elvetham Heath Parish Council marked Merchant Navy Day today by raising the Red Ensign, the Merchant Navy’s official flag. It will fly all week in honour of the event from 1st – 8th September.
The Council made the announcement on their Facebook page, stating:
“On Sunday 1st September from 11:45am there will be a short 15 minute flag-raising ceremony at the flagpole outside the Key Centre. A message will be read from HRH Earl of Wessex with the flag raised at 12pm. There will also be a short blessing of the flag during the morning service at the Church on the Heath.
Anyone is welcome to attend this ceremony.
Since 2000, Merchant Navy Day on 3rd September has honoured the brave men and women who kept our ‘island nation’ afloat during both World Wars, and celebrated our dependence on modern day merchant seafarers who are responsible for 95% of the UK’s imports, including half the food we eat.”
Local Councillor Marilyn Robson was at the event and shared photos of the event on our ‘For Fleet’s Sake’ Facebook group. Thanks were given to Elvetham Heath resident David Lockwood for organising the event.
Below: Photos of Merchant Navy Day at Elvetham Heath. Photo credit: Councillor Marilyn Robson
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