The plaque is located in Sam Lawrence Park, on Concession Street at the top of the Jolley Cut, with a panoramic view of the lower city. During World War II, over twelve thousand men and women from Canada and Newfoundland served in the Merchant Navy. At least fifty-nine Canadian registered or owned merchant ships were sunk and 1,629 seafarers lost their lives due to enemy action – a higher rate than in any of the other armed services. It was not until 1992 that merchant seaman were recognized as veterans in Canada and in 1993, September 3rd each year was designated Merchant Navy Veterans Day in Canada.
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