Commonwealth Day Flag Raising - Monday 12th March 2018.
At 10.00am today (Monday 12th March 2018), the Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor Bob Derbyshire hosted a Commonwealth Day flag raising ceremony, joining more than 1000 Commonwealth flags around the world which were raised at the same time to mark a shared celebration of the amazing family of nations that encompasses the globe.

The international celebration which recognised all countries of the Commonwealth took place at Mansion House, Cardiff and included messages from Her Majesty The Queen and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth. There was also a Commonwealth Affirmation and a blessing of the flag by Reverend Canon Stewart Lisk before it was hoisted up by guides and scouts.

Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor Bob Derbyshire said: “Commonwealth Day is celebrated annually across the Commonwealth by young people, schools, communities and civil organisations. The ‘Fly a Flag’ event gives us an opportunity to join together and associate ourselves with more widespread public expression of appreciation for the Commonwealth, the opportunities it offers and the values it stands for.

“This year we also commemorate 100 years since the end of The First World War. Volunteers from every race and creed, from every colony and domination served so honourably and we recognise them today as part of the global family of the Commonwealth. We owe it to them and we owe it to ourselves to be grateful for what they did for us.”

Now in its fourth year, the Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth initiative has caught the imagination of thousands of participants from all walks of life, inspiring them to join with others throughout the Commonwealth. As a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, it enables participants to show appreciation for the values the Commonwealth upholds, and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with fellow Commonwealth young and old citizens around the world.
On Commonwealth Day people of all ages and backgrounds in Commonwealth countries set in every continent and ocean will recommit to working 'Towards a Common Future', the theme for this year and for the Commonwealth Heads of Government being hosted by the United Kingdom in April.