The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland (MI) and the Canadian Merchant Navy Veterans’ Association invite the media to attend a special ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 26 during which the 12th anniversary of the unveiling of a Merchant Navy Memorial at MI will be celebrated. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. at the Marine Institute campus on Ridge Road.
This event will be hosted by Captain J.J. Strong and will include greetings from Danny Williams, Premier, Newfoundland and Labrador; Lee Marshall, district director, Department of Veterans Affairs; Glenn Blackwood, executive director, Marine Institute; Dr. Reeta Tremblay, vice president Academic, Memorial University and Dennis O’Keefe, Mayor, City of St. John’s. Following the ceremony, a reception will be held in the main lobby of the Marine Institute.
The Merchant Navy Memorial was unveiled at the Marine Institute on Aug. 29, 1997 in honour of the Merchant Navy veterans who served on Canadian, British and Allied merchant ships during World War II. During the war, 333 Newfoundland Merchant seamen, including one woman, lost their lives. All 333 names are included on the Merchant Navy Memorial at MI.
Merchant Navy Veterans Day is celebrated on Sept. 3 of each year throughout Canada and many other Commonwealth countries. To commemorate the dedication of the MI memorial and to celebrate Merchant Navy Veterans Day, Aug. 26 was chosen this year as the date for the Marine Institute’s memorial ceremony and service.