Ealing council took part in the ‘Fly a flag for the Commonwealth’ Ceremony on 10th March 2014.The Commonwealth flag was raised by the Mayor of Ealing,Cllr Kamaljit Dhindsa. This included the Deputy Lieutenant Mr. Robert Leader reading the Commonwealth affirmation and a message from Her Majesty the Queen.
The Commonwealth is made up of fifty-three sovereign states working together in mutual support towards shared goals of democracy, development, and respect for diversity. It includes some of the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries with two billion citizen drawn from all faiths and ethnicities, half of them under 25 years old.
Beyond the ties of history, language and institutions, members are united by values set out in the Charter of the Commonwealth including tolerance, freedom of expression, respect for human rights, the rule of law, protecting the environment, access to health, education, food and shelter, and gender equality.
Commonwealth countries come together voluntarily in a spirit of co-operation, partnership and understanding, and are located in six regions:
the Americas (3)
the Caribbean (10)
and the South Pacific (11)
Inaugural Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth
Now is the perfect time to celebrate the true value of the Commonwealth as an increasingly multi-cultural world seeks unity, understanding and tolerance.
We want to herald this amazing and influential family of nations which spans all the continents with a Fly the Flag tribute on Commonwealth Day, March 10th, 2014.
The intent is for hundreds of Commonwealth flags to be flown in significant, strategic and eye-catching positions across the UK and beyond – with many expected to flutter their way proudly through to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on July 23rd-August 4th.
It will be a display like no other; one to encompass the height and breadth of the land – and all led by local authorities throughout the country.