Today, Chairman of the County Council, Councillor Anne Hingley raised the Red Ensign over County Hall in support of Merchant Navy Day on 3 September.
While many people know that 3 September 1939 marked the outbreak of the Second World war, few are aware that it also marks the first major British maritime casualty, the merchant vessel SS Athenia, which was torpedoed just a few hours after hostilities were declared.
The Red Ensign, or 'Red Duster' as it is affectionately known, has been the recognised flag of the British Merchant Navy since 1854.
HRH the Earl of Wessex has asked all Local Authorities to fly the flag on 3 September to remember the sacrifices, salute the courage and support the future of the Merchant Navy.
In a simple ceremony on Friday morning, the County Council Chairman was pleased to raise the Red Ensign and support this campaign by Seafarers UK.
Cllr Anne Hingley, Chairman of Worcestershire County Council, said: "I am delighted to raise the Red Ensign at County Hall to support this worthy campaign by Seafarers UK."