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Feb 13 2014

Commonwealth Day: History in the making in Harrow

harrow_council_logoHarrow is taking part in a historical event taking place across the UK. The Fly a Flag for Commonwealth for the first time sees local authorities and civic dignitaries, community groups and charities take part in local flag raising events and ceremonies of to mark Commonwealth Day.

  • 500 Commonwealth flags to be raised throughout the UK to mark Commonwealth Day
  • Flags to go up at 10am on March 10, 2014
  • Harrow to raise flag at Harrow Civic Centre by Mayor of Harrow

This new, unique initiative, which has caught the imagination of thousands of participants, enables people in their local communities to become involved and join with others nationwide in associating themselves with widespread public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, appreciation of the values it stands for, and the opportunities offered to its citizens around the world.

The Mayor of Harrow will be leading the Commonwealth Flag raising in Harrow, on Monday, 10 March at Harrow Civic Centre at 10am where she will be joined by Leader of the Council, Councillor Susan Hall, Members of the Royal British Legion and Representative Deputy Lieutenant, Honorary Alderman. A specially written Commonwealth Affirmation will be read out at the ceremony before the raising of the Commonwealth flag.

Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Nana Asante said: “I am delighted to support the 2014 ‘Fly A Flag for the Commonwealth’ Project and look forward to raising our Commonwealth Flag & reading a Commonwealth Affirmation at a short Flag Raising Ceremony on Monday 10 March at 10am.”

Leader of the Council, Cllr Susan Hall said: “I am pleased to be supporting the Fly A Flag for the Commonwealth on March 10. It is an act of respect for all citizens in the Commonwealth. I am certainly looking forward to seeing our Commonwealth Flag being raised to confirm our appreciation to the value of the Commonwealth.”

Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageantmaster and originator of Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth said: “This will be the largest, single, raising of the Commonwealth Flag in the history of the Commonwealth. The success of this year’s event bodes well for 2015 and the future. As we extend the invitation to participate and involve all 53 countries of the Commonwealth and UK overseas territories, to make this the largest-ever annual occasion involving local communities throughout the worldwide Commonwealth family”.

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 and 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 for which it stands 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.”

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  1. gary roberts

    There are 75 not 53 countries and territories in the commonwealth.

  2. sonoo malkani

    Respecting one another is a win-win for us all.Looking forward to this wonderful.ly positive event,the first of its kind taking place nation-wide.The more we work together the better.Great to have the Commonweallth Countries acknowledged so openly by leading community figures and by the government.
    Hope this will help motivate our youth to engage actively with so many countries around the world,which is already a Global Village!

  3. Gary – The Queen (http://tinyurl.com/ldalh7v) reckons 54 at present. What source are you using?

  4. gary roberts

    Hi Paul, the Queens list only includes member countries and not territories. So places like The Falklands, Gibraltar, Monserrat, Bermuda, Channel Isles etc are not included. But they are still part of the commonwealth.

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