March 13, 2017

‘YOUTH OF THE NATION LEAD THE WAY BY FLYING HIGH’

 “Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth”

 

At 10:00 hours this morning as part of this international initiative, Lord Mayors and Mayors, Lord Provosts, town and parish councils, local authorities and local communities, school children and college students, members of Girl Guiding and the Scouts from around the UK and Commonwealth, Sea and Air Cadets, charities and community groups, Commonwealth Ex-Servicemen and major shipping lines, training ships crewed by disabled crewman, and many others around the world have raised more than 950 Commonwealth flags at 10:00 hours local time today Monday March 13 - Commonwealth Day 2017, in a shared celebration of this amazing family of nations that encompasses the globe.

The Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth initiative, now in its third year, 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.

Scouts in The Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Republic of Malta, Mauritius, New Zealand, Samoa, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago raised the Commonwealth flag at 10:00 hours local time today joining thousands of other young people around the world in committing themselves to the values of the Commonwealth Charter and this year’s special theme: “A Peace-building Commonwealth”.

A personal message from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, and a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation, were read out at the brief but impressive ceremony before the raising of the Commonwealth flag this morning.

In a common act of witness around, the Scouts reaffirmed the commitment of all Commonwealth member states to democracy, development, and respect for diversity.The Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth initiative, now in its third year, 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.

Scouts in The Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Republic of Malta, Mauritius, New Zealand, Samoa, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago raised the Commonwealth flag at 10.00hrs local time today joining thousands of other young people around the world in committing themselves to the values of the Commonwealth Charter and this year’s special theme: “A Peace-building Commonwealth”.

A personal message from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, and a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation, were read out at the brief but impressive ceremony before the raising of the Commonwealth flag this morning.

In a common act of witness around, the Scouts reaffirmed the commitment of all Commonwealth member states to democracy, development, and respect for diversity.