Vale to raise flag for Commonwealth Day
Published 5 March 2015
Almost 750 Commonwealth flags will be raised in locations throughout the world to mark Commonwealth Day 2015.
And the Vale of Glamorgan Council will be raising their flag at the Civic Office at 10.30am on Monday 9 March.
Commonwealth Day is celebrated across the Commonwealth by young people, schools, communities and civil society organisations on the second Monday in March every year, and provides an opportunity to promote understanding on global issues, international co-operation and the work of Commonwealth organisations.
And the Vale Council is also using the day to mark the centenary of World War One by displaying a symbolic candle flame on its website.
Mayor of the Vale, Cllr Howard Hamilton, explained: “We are using the candle to reflect on the sacrifices made during the past 100 years through conflicts in which this country has been involved but also as a symbol of hope that we will work towards understanding between peoples. This symbolic gesture will represent ultimately how light won through the darkness.”
The day will be marked across the world with a range of activities, including a multi-faith observance at Westminster Abbey and a special message of good wishes from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
And for the first time in maritime history, the Commonwealth flag will be raised on board all P&O and Cunard Line ships wherever they may be travelling in the world that morning.
Also, in an imaginative international partnership, teams from ‘Fields of Life’, a charity linking Northern Ireland and Uganda, will mark the day by taking flags to the tops of the four national peaks of the United Kingdom, as well as at one school in each of the five regions of Uganda.
The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent and equal sovereign states, including some of the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries, and spanning across five continents.
For more information on Commonwealth Day 2015, visit www.thecommonwealth.org.