Monument unveiled to commemorate Santa Marija convoy

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Monument unveiled to commemorate Santa Marija convoyThis year marks the 70th anniversary of codename Operation Pedestal, the arrival of the Santa Marija convoy, which saved Malta from surrender when the allied convoy of food and fuel reached the islands on the 15th of August 1942, despite the heavy bombardment inflicted by German and Italian planes and the sinking of many of the ships.

Monument unveiled to commemorate Santa Marija convoyA memorial was held last night to commemorate the ocassion and a monument in the shape of an anchor dedicated to the seafarers was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Dr Lawrence Gonzi.

On the unveiling of the Monument said that its idea had come from the Port Chaplain, Fr Joe Borg, as a tribute to all those who contributed and sacrificed their lives navigating our seas to ensure that their memory lives on.

Archbishop Paul Cremona then blessed the Monument which stands in front of our Lady of Liesse church,Valletta.

The Apostleship of the Sea commemorates this important anniversary every year

Photograph by Photocity – Valletta.

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