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More history in the making as the Commonwealth flies high

Published Monday, 7th March 2016

More than 850 Commonwealth Flags will be raised in locations throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands ,Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories, and Commonwealth countries on Monday 14 March.

The Mayor of the Borough of Melton, Councillor Jeanne Douglas, will be hosting the Commonwealth Flag raising ceremony outside Parkside, Melton Mowbray on Monday 14 March 2016 starting at 9:45hrs at which a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation, will be read out. The Deputy Lieutenant, Mr David Wyrko QPM DL will read a personal message from His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, before the raising of the Commonwealth Flag at 10.00hrs. 

The ceremony will be attended by representatives of local service and community organisations and members of the public are welcome to witness the raising of the Commonwealth Flag.

In a common act of witness around the globe members of this great family of nations will reaffirm the commitment of all Commonwealth member states to democracy, development, and respect for diversity.

After the raising of the flag, the Mayor will then invite guests to join her inside Parkside for a short commemorative act to mark the sacrifices made by those from the Commonwealth countries during the First World War.  The Mayor explains:

“Over a century ago three million men and women volunteered from all corners of the world to fight for a King and country many had never seen.  They gave up their jobs, their families and often their lives to face hardship and unspeakable horrors.  Over 1.1 million Commonwealth servicemen and women lost their lives in the Great War.
Quite simply, Britain and her allies could not have prevailed without these brave men and women from the Commonwealth countries to whom an enormous debt of gratitude is owed.  Commonwealth Day provides an opportunity to remember their sacrifices.”