Liverpool officialy recognised Commonwealth today with a special ceremony in the Town Hall. Headed by the Lord Mayor Cllr Roz Gladden. Dignitaries from member countries of the Commonwealth, and the Liverpool Commonwealth Association attended the special service.
Commonwealth Day, held on the second Monday in March each year, is an opportunity for individuals, communities and organisations to promote the Commonwealth’s shared values of peace, democracy and equality, and to celebrate the association’s rich diversity.
After the Town Hall Service and flag raising, the Lord Mayor and Consort joined Colonel Alan O’Flanagan, Cadet Stephen Douglas RSM and other dignitaries again for a similar service in the Royal Liver Building to raise the Commonwealth Flag on their balcony overlooking the River Mersey.
Liverpool Commonwealth Association – formed in 2015 to encourage trade, educational and cultural links with the city.
The Commonwealth Flag was raised by The Lord Mayor, Chief Angus and Gary Miller, Chair of the LCA on the roof of the Town Hall.
Lord Mayor, Councillor Roz Gladden, said: “As the place which was once the second city of the British Empire, Liverpool has a proud history at the heart of the Commonwealth. It helped shape the place we are today – a City Region where 60 languages are spoken by residents whose ethnic heritage comes from 100 countries.
“It is important we must not forget the vital role our diverse communities play and have played in the city, not least the sacrifices made during two world wars and conflict since. Commonwealth Day gives us an opportunity to do that.”
Chair of the Liverpool Commonwealth Association and Assistant Mayor, Councillor Gary Millar said “On Monday March 13th we salute our Commonwealth friends and family and remind the world that Liverpool is back! It’s back as a global trading, cultural and academic partner.
“We are not just an association – we are a group of passionate individuals from the heritage of 52 nations, using our influence and our links to ensure this region is seen as the place to do business, to learn from, to visit and to play.
“Today’s ceremony is part of a global initiative to fly the flag to herald this amazing and influential family of nations.”
“I would love this amazing family to host not just the Commonwealth Games but also hold the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in this region in 2018 – that would be two gold medals worth flying the flag for!”
The Commonwealth is made up of 52 countries with 2.2 billion people, 60 percent under the age of 30, and spans nations in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific.
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