‘MORE HISTORY IN THE MAKING AS THE COMMONWEALTH FLIES HIGH’ – Monday 14th March

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Stone Town Council will be raising the Commonwealth Flag in Stone High Street on Monday 14th March 2016.

This will be part of an event which will see more than 850 Commonwealth Flags will be raised in locations throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories, and Commonwealth countries on Monday 14 March – Commonwealth Day 2016.

Heads of State, Prime Ministers and many others around the world will join to raise Flags at 10.00hrs local time in a shared celebration of this amazing family of nations that encompasses the globe. This unique initiative, now in its third year, is again catching the imagination of thousands of participants from all walks of life.

Halaevalu Mangisi Palu, Chief Commissioner (GGAKT) said:

“In Tonga, where time begins, the Girl Guides Association of the Kingdom of Tonga (GGAKT) are humbled to be granted the honour to be the first country in the world to raise the Commonwealth Flag at 10.00hrs on 14th March 2016, leading the youth of the Commonwealth in this unique, historic, global event that morning.”

A personal message from His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, and a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation will be read out at each ceremony before the raising of the Commonwealth Flag at 10.00hrs.

Commonwealth Flags will be flown at many locations of special significance including at six locations on the Island of the Republic of Malta; in Tristan Da Cunha, the most remote of the United Kingdom Overseas Territory; in St. David’s in Pembrokeshire, the westernmost city in Wales; in Carlisle in Cumbria, the northernmost city in England; in Lowestoft in Suffolk, the easternmost town in England; in Unst in the Shetland Islands, the most northerly inhabited island in Scotland; at the Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula; at the Halley VI Research Station on the Brunt Ice Shelf; and at King Edward Point and on Bird Island in South Georgia.

The list of local Flag raising ceremonies and imaginative locations continues to grow. We also celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday on the 21st April this year, so this marks a special occasion for the Commonwealth too, especially as The Queen is it’s Head.

The Commonwealth theme this year will be: ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’, which refers to the values of tolerance, respect and understanding, as well as equity and fairness, set out in the Commonwealth Charter, and the richness of the Commonwealth as a family of nations in which each member state is valued equally and has an equal voice.