Commonweath Flag Raising At Civic Centre On 14 March
Newport City Council will host a Commonwealth flag raising service at 10am on Monday 14 March at the main entrance of the Civic Centre.
Reverend Canon Raymond Hayter, the Mayor’s Chaplain, will conduct the service and during the service Newport’s Mayor Councillor Herbie Thomas will read a message from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma.
Sir Simon Boyle, the Lord Lieutenant for Gwent, will read out the Commonwealth Affirmation.
The service is open to members of the public who would like to show support for the Commonwealth.
In 2014, the event’s inaugural year when Scotland hosted the Commonwealth Games, more than 500 flags were raised by councils and a small number of other organisations throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
The vision is to create multi-cultural events across the time zones that involve people of all ages and from all walks of life.
Now in its third year, the initiative is again catching the imagination of thousands of participants from all walks of life, inspiring them to join with others throughout the Commonwealth. More than 850 Commonwealth Flags are due to be raised in a shared celebration of the family of nations that encompasses the globe.
The theme for 2016 is An Inclusive Commonwealth, referring to the values of tolerance, respect and understanding, as well as equity and fairness, set out in the Commonwealth Charter, the richness of the Commonwealth as a family of nations in which each member state is valued equally and has an equal voice.
In uncertain times, the need for the Commonwealth to act as an inclusive network for mutual support and development is as great as ever.
Each country will raise its flags in recognition of a remarkable organisation that fosters shared values in democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
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