Today is NATIONAL MARITIME DAY here in the United States of America. It is not a National Day that springs into most peoples minds. That's fine, we merchant seafarers are used to not getting much attention.
Yesterday was Armed Forces Day and there were requests for "photos of our heroes in uniform". It is quite forgotten that the Merchant Marine and Merchant Navy personnel around the world are the people who get all the 'military material' to these good folks.
We seafarers get hijacked by pirates and all too often are treated like second-class citizens. So perhaps if you are not to busy out shopping at the Mall or enjoying the beach please remember that most if not all that stuff at the Mall got there by ships, usually from China these days (!). That ship you see from the beach heading along the coast is manned by us bringing more 'goodies' for y'all to enjoy.
Just once in a while it would be nice for someone to say "Thanks guys" so to my fellow seafarers;
"Thanks guys, have a good one and"
Please remember the seafarers held captive by pirates off Somalia - let us work with maritime interests and others to set them free.