The Royal Naval Association Malta and the Commission for Emigrants commemorated the 77th anniversary of Operation Pedestal, also known as the Santa Marija Convoy that entered the Grand Harbour in mid-August in 1942, bringing in much needed provisions to the population of the Maltese Islands in the virtual grip of starvation.
The ceremony was attended by relatives of victims and a number of dignitaries, including the British High Commissioner. President George Vella said that Malta was probably the most bombarded place during World War II and this showed the resilience of the Maltese in the face of enormous adversity which strengthened their resolve and is today reflected in a peaceful country.
Following the broadcasting of the siren and the traditional salute, the ceremony continued with the playing of the Last Post, a minute’s silence and then the playing of the Reveille.
With the help of Malta’s Armed Forces, the remembrance included the laying of wreaths and flowers at sea as a tribute to those that perished during the Santa Marija Convoy.