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Falmouth Merchant Navy Day service: PICTURES
4:00pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in Cornwall
While it may have been short on fanfare, the Merchant Navy Day service in Falmouth on Sunday was certainly strong on pride.
With standard bearers flanking the war memorial in Kimberly Park, members of the town’s Merchant Navy Association, former armed service personnel, dignitaries and supporters gathered to pay tribute to the bravery and sacrifice made by the sailors of merchant ships in World War I and World War II, and in subsequent conflicts up to the current day, including those that have “Crossed the Bar” since the Falmouth branch was formed.
With a lone bugle sounding over the park, and a promise that “we will remember them”, wreathes were laid by the town’s mayor Geoffrey Evans; Councillor Maureen Davies, patron of the Falmouth Merchant Navy Association; and the Merchant Navy Association.
Celebrated annually around the world, Merchant Navy Day on September 3, is traditionally marked on the nearest Sunday to that date.
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