Fly the Flag – Commonwealth Day – 9 MarchPosted: March 11, 2015
Les Mead last year’s Chairman of TRDC was present with a camera and video camera to record the occasion. We were one of more than 730 Commonwealth Flags raised in locations throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories, and Commonwealth countries on Monday 9 March – Commonwealth Day 2015.
To help celebrate Commonwealth Day, Three Rivers District Council took part and the Chief Executive, Steven Halls, The Leader of the Council, Ann Shaw, and I (in my role as Chairman) gave short speeches before raising the Commonwealth Flag at 10.00hrs.
I raised the flag with Councillor Ann Shaw, Leader of the Council, to represent the district.
Sharing words which were repeated across the Commonwealth, I , said:
“We affirm our commitment to upholding the values set out in the Commonwealth Charter, to serving one another in a spirit of respect and understanding, and to advancing development, democracy and co-operation locally, nationally and internationally.”
As a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, the day enables participants to show appreciation for the values the Commonwealth upholds, and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with fellow Commonwealth citizens around the world.
The day celebrates, in a spirit of respect and understanding, the variety and unmatched diversity of the Commonwealth family.
It brought back memories of when Yvonne and I were in Glasgow for Commonwealth games last summer and we had the opportunity to talk to those from other parts of the Commonwealth.
To understand more about the flag raising ceremony and what your local council did to celebrate the event, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_M2wtGbNDM&feature=youtu.be