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For the first time Melksham Town Council will be raising the Commonwealth flag at 10.00am on Monday 9th March to celebrate Commonwealth Day.
This unique initiative, building on highly successful inaugural events last year, will see over 650 other Commonwealth flags raised in 38 Commonwealth countries.
It has caught the imagination of thousands of participants around the world, enabling people of all ages in their local communities to become involved and join with others worldwide in associating themselves with widespread public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, appreciation of the values it stands for, and opportunities offered to its citizens.
A specially written Commonwealth Affirmation will be read out before the raising of the Commonwealth flag which will fly proudly over the town hall until 10.00am the following day.
His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, secretary-general of the Commonwealth said, “Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth is a most imaginative way for people in local communities – wherever they live, learn or work – to join together with others throughout the Commonwealth, in a spirit of respect and understanding to celebrate the variety of unmatched diversity of our global family. I welcome and commend it.
“All our citizens, particularly the young, can express appreciation for the Commonwealth and the values it stands for, as set out in the Commonwealth Charter, and the rich opportunities it offers for mutual support towards more inclusive social and more equitable economic progress.”