Commonwealth Day, Monday 10th March, 2014.
11th March 2014
Over 500 Commonwealth Flags were raised by local authorities and community groups throughout the United Kingdom to celebrate Commonwealth Day on the 10th March. Queen Elizabeth had sent a message to all the organisations throughout the UK who were taking part in the ’Fly a Flag for The Commonwealth’ initiative.
The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Kamalesh Sharma, declared “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.”
To help celebrate Commonwealth Day, Three Rivers District Council took part and the Chairman conducted a speech for the ceremony. The event saw a record number of Commonwealth flags being raised on one day at the same time, and at 10am, Councillor Les Mead, Chairman at Three Rivers District Council and Geof Muggeridge, Director of Community & Environmental Services, raised the flag to represent the District.
Councillor Les Mead, Chairman at Three Rivers District Council said ‘We affirm our commitment to upholding the values set out in the Commonwealth Charter, to serving one another in a spirit of respect and understanding, and to advancing development, democracy and co-operation locally, nationally and internationally.’ Also, Geof Muggeridge, Director of Community & Environmental Services, said ‘Our pledge is to support the Commonwealth, working together for a future in which there is freedom and justice and prosperity for all, with peace and understanding between people’s and nations’