Remembrance of merchant sailors with wreath laying in Torrevieja (Alicante) on September 4

TRIBUTE TO SAILORS: Joe Billet, Pastor Krista and David Heaney Photo Credit: Orihuela Costa and District Branch The Royal British Legion in Spain

MERCHANT NAVY DAY was celebrated in Torrevieja on Sunday 4 September.

Former sailor and D-Day veteran Joe Billet laid a wreath at La Siesta Church’s Garden of Memoria in honor and remembrance of the sacrifices made by the often forgotten and invisible but very hardworking sailors.

The tribute simply read: “To the 60,000 merchant seamen who lost their lives in World War II. TO TEAR APART.”

Pastor Krista, the newly installed minister of Iglesia Evangélica Española, read a short tribute while Pipe Sergeant David Heaney of Torrevieja Pipes and Drums played a lament.

The commemoration was attended by members of the La Siesta evangelical congregation, which included former Merchant Navy captain Howard Cook.

Merchant Navy Day honors those who kept Britain afloat in both World Wars. It also celebrates the reliance on modern merchant seamen, who, despite being a civilian service, undoubtedly rank on par with the armed forces, due to their essential role.

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