Flying a flag for Commonwealth Day

The City of Edinburgh Council is flying the flag for Commonwealth Day 2018 (Monday 12 March).

The event, now in its fourth year, saw the city’s Lord Provost raise the Commonwealth Flag at the City Chambers as part of a mass flag-raising at 10am, when over 1,000 flags were raised in 53 Commonwealth countries around the world.

Lord Provost Frank Ross conveyed a message sent from the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Commonwealth Secretary-General. It said: “Fly a Flag is a wonderful opportunity for local communities to come together to celebrate the remarkable diversity and inclusiveness of the Commonwealth, and the many ways in which the lives and livelihoods of its 2.4 billion citizens are enriched through Commonwealth connection and cooperation. By working together locally and globally we learn from one another, and make progress for the good of all.”

Other Provosts, Mayors, Scout Groups and local communities from around the UK and Commonwealth, Sea and Air Cadets and many others around the world also raised flags, in a shared celebration of Commonwealth Day.

The Edinburgh Declaration was issued in 1997 by the heads of government of the Commonwealth of Nations. Developed over two-thirds of a century, the report served as a consolidation of the membership criteria of the Commonwealth and was signed in Edinburgh.

Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Commonwealth Pageantmaster, said: "I am amazed how quickly this event has caught the public imagination in the UK and around the Commonwealth. We are only in our fourth year, and the participation of so many people of all ages and from all walks of life shows the enormous potential of this project and of 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.”

Commonwealth Day 2018

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