Merchant Navy Day
Merchant Navy Day is commemorated each year on September 3. This is the anniversary of the first Allied merchant ship being sunk during World War 2.
By the end of the war 33,730 Commonwealth merchant seafarers had lost their lives. The national commemoration is held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.
More from this event
Further reading related to Merchant Navy Day:
Media release 2016
“This is a significant commemoration to honour the several thousand New Zealand seafarers who served... under the British red ensign.”
World War I
‘New Zealand’s overwhelming dependence on sea trade and close economic ties to Britain ensured... an essential role in the First World War.’
World War II
‘This work was so essential to the Allies' war effort that the Merchant Navy was effectively regarded as the fourth service alongside the army...’