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The Tower Hill Memorial is the only memorial which commemorates merchant seamen exclusively. Located near the Tower of London, it commemorates seamen of the Mercantile Marine (1914 - 1918) and the Merchant Navy (1939 - 1945) who died during both World Wars and have no known grave. Of the almost 36,000 names displayed, 480 are Canadians - 409 from the First World War and 71 from the Second World War. They are also commemorated in Canada's Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance. The Tower Hill Memorial in London was unveiled by Queen Mary on 12 December 1928 (First World War section) and Queen Elizabeth II on 5 November 1955 (Second World War section). An important gesture by the Government of Canada was the creation of the 'Merchant Navy Veterans Day' by Federal legislation (Merchant Navy Veterans Day Act, S.C. 2003, c.17) dated 19 June 2003, where it designated 3 September as a day set aside "to acknowledge the contribution of the veterans of the Merchant Navy to ensuring the freedom and democracy enjoyed by Canadians".
On this day, 3 September 2018, we commemorate the 16th anniversary of Merchant Navy Veterans Day, nearly 90 years since the unveiling of Tower Hill Memorial's First World War section and nearly 63 years since the unveiling of the Second World War section.