Lovely to have Henry Box and St Mary’s School along to the Commonwealth Flag raising this morning and many thanks to the Mayor and his cadet, Corporal Adam Richards of Somme COY Oxfordshire Battalion ACF (the Rifles). A beautiful sky today so we were very fortunate.
Corporal Richards raised the flag, following the reading aloud of the Commonwealth Affirmation by Mayor, Chris Holliday:
“Joining together as members of one worldwide Commonwealth community, and valuing the personal dignity and worth of every citizen, we raise this flag as a symbol of the ties of kinship and affinity that we cherish. We draw inspiration from our diversity, and the opportunities for working together, as a rich source of wisdom and a powerful influence for good in the world. We affirm our commitment to upholding the values set out in the Commonwealth Charter, to serving one another in a spirit of respect and understanding, and to advancing development, democracy and cooperation locally, nationally and internationally.”
The theme of this year’s Commonwealth day is, ‘A Peace-building Commonwealth’ which follows on from last year’s theme , ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’.