Monday 9th March 2014 is Commonwealth Day when 730 flags will be raised simultaneously across the globe.
Wycombe District Council Will be taking part in the celebrations, for the second consecutive year there will be a flag raising ceremony outside the Council offices in Queen Victoria Road.
On Commonwealth Day local authorities, civic dignitaries, community groups and charities join together in local flag raising events and ceremonies.
At each ceremony a specially written Affirmation of the Commonwealth and a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be read aloud before the raising of the Commonwealth flag at 10.00am.
This year the ceremony outside the Council offices in Queen Victoria Road will be hosted by the Chairman of Wycombe District Council, Cllr Lesley Clarke OBE, accompanied by :
- His Honour Christopher Tyrer, Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire
- Senior Aircraftsman Sanga Quamina, RAF High Wycombe, will be raising the flag
- Wing Commander Jones representing the Station Commander from RAF High Wycombe. The RAF were awarded theFreedom of the District
- Cllr Richard Scott, Leader of Wycombe District Council
- Karen Satterford, Chief Executive of Wycombe District Council
Cllr Lesley Clarke OBE, Chairman of Wycombe District Council said : ‘The event is an opportunity for communities to mark Commonwealth Day and celebrate the shared goals of democracy, development and respect for diversity.
The ‘Fly a flag for the Commonwealth’ event has captured the imagination of thousands of participants across the country. It’s a wonderful opportunity for local people to connect with others nationwide in the widespread public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, appreciation of the values it stands for, and the opportunities offered to its citizens around the world.
I would like to invite residents from across the district to join me outside the Wycombe District Council offices at Queen Victoria Road for 10am on Monday 9 March so that we can share this moment and celebrate the Commonwealth together.‘
The Commonwealth spans 53 sovereign states and its core values are the promotion of democracy, development and respect for diversity.