Melksham Town Council will be raising the Commonwealth flag at 10.00am on Monday 14th March to celebrate Commonwealth Day.
This unique initiative, now in its third year, will see over 850 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 10am the following day.
His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth said, “Our Commonwealth theme this year is ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’ which refers to the values of tolerance, respect and understanding, as well as equity and fairness, set out in the Commonwealth Charter, and the richness of the Commonwealth as a family of nations in which each member state is valued equally and has an equal voice.
“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.”