City's Merchant Navy Cadets Support Memorial Day

More than four hundred Merchant Navy cadets from City of Glasgow College joined Glasgow’s Depute Lord Provost at a ceremony in George Square to mark Merchant Navy Memorial Day on Monday 3 September.

The Red Ensign, the UK’s official Merchant Navy flag was flown from the City Chambers and flies throughout the year from City of Glasgow College’s Riverside campus.

Principal and Chief Executive of City of Glasgow College, Paul Little said:

"As the nation's premier maritime and engineering college, it is appropriate that we recognise and honour those who made great sacrifices in the past and also celebrate this fast moving and technologically advanced industry on which we all rely. Our College trains one third of all Merchant Navy Officers and we are proud to have our cadets join this important occasion.”

Cadet, Adam Stockman, and Cadet, Angus Treadwell, from the Faculty of Nautical studies at the college, read names from the Merchant Navy Roll of Honour which documents the details of thousands of Glaswegians who lost their lives.

The Depute Lord Provost, Bailie Braat, who led the ceremony’s wreath laying, said:

“We gathered to pay our respects to the men and women of the UK’s Merchant Navy and fishing fleet who lost their lives in wartime.

“I’m proud to lead Glasgow’s Merchant Navy Day service which remembers those who served in two World Wars and other conflicts.

“It is with a great sense of pride, and shared sorrow, that I join seafaring veterans and their families, and our impressive cadets from the Faculty of Nautical Studies, City of Glasgow College, to express the city’s gratitude for the brave men and women, lost at sea, defending our shores.”

Merchant Navy Day was established in 2000 as a national tribute to the merchant seamen who served in the First and Second World Wars, as well as later conflicts, and a reminder of the UK’s reliance today on their successors.

It takes place on 3 September each year, the anniversary of the start of the Second World War. The Red Ensign, the flag of the British Merchant Navy, is flown in tribute that day on public and maritime buildings across the UK.