More history in the making as the Commonwealth flies high
7 March 2017
Rushcliffe is celebrating Commonwealth Day 2017 by raising a Commonwealth flag, along with over 950 other places across the Commonwealth.
At 10am on Monday 13 March, Rushcliffe Borough Council will host a flag-raising ceremony in a shared celebration of the family of nations that encompasses the globe, alongside heads of state, school children, community groups, Commonwealth ex-service people and major shipping lines.
It’s part of the ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’ initiative, now in its fourth year, is 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.
Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR – Originator and Commonwealth Pageantmaster, of 'Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’, said: "I am amazed how quickly this event has caught the public imagination in the UK and around the Commonwealth. It is a positive and uplifting way for people to link with and assist fellow citizens of the Commonwealth in a family that spans across oceans and continents. There is a real sense of promise, and hope for the future in this current troubled world of ours.”
For the first time in the history of the Commonwealth, and to celebrate this great family of nations, young members of the United Kingdom Army Cadet Force (ACF) will take the Commonwealth flag to the top of the highest peaks in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on Commonwealth Day.
As part of the ceremony, there will be a short commemorative act to recognise the third year of World War 1. More information about Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth is available at www.flyaflagforthecommonwealth.co.uk