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Melton Borough fly the flag for the Commonwealth Monday 13 March 2017

Published Tuesday, 28th February 2017 fly the flag for the commonwealth

The Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth initiative is now in its fourth year

It is again catching the imagination of thousands of participants from all walks of life, inspiring them to join with others throughout the Commonwealth.  

As a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, it enables participants to show appreciation for the values the Commonwealth upholds, and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with fellow Commonwealth young and old citizens around the world.  More than 950 Commonwealth Flags will be raised at 10:00 local time in locations throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories, and Commonwealth countries.

On Monday 13 March starting at 09:45hrs outside Parkside, the Mayor, Councillor David Wright, will be hosting at a short ceremony to mark the fourth international Commonwealth Day.  A specially written Commonwealth Affirmation, will be read out and the Deputy Lieutenant, Brigadier W J Hurrell CBE DL will read a personal message from the Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, 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.

The Mayor explains:

“I am delighted that Melton Borough is again participating in this shared celebration of this family of nations and territories which represent a third of the world’s population.  The 2017 theme of ‘a peace-building Commonwealth’, is especially resonant with the concerns and hopes for unity and stability in today’s world.”

After the raising of the flag, the Mayor will invite guests into the Civic Chamber to take part in a short commemorative act to remember over 1.1 million Commonwealth servicemen and women who lost their lives in the Great War.  This act involves the symbolic lighting of 4 candles, one to represent each year of the War.  The candles will then be extinguished to symbolise the darkness that fell over Europe at the start of the War. This ceremony will be repeated again next year, so that by 2018 a candle for each year of the War will remain alight to symbolically represent how ultimately light won through the darkness.