Commonwealth Day flag raising ceremony
On Monday 11 March 2019 people in Commonwealth countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe will observe Commonwealth Day.
In Highland, members of the public are invited to join the Provost of Inverness, Councillors and guests outside the Town House, Inverness on Monday at 9:50am for a short ceremony.
The Provost of Councillor Helen Carmichael will read out the Commonwealth Affirmation and this will be followed by the raising of the Commonwealth flag.
Traffic will be stopped from 9:55am to 10:05am while the ceremony takes place.
Guests will include members of the 3 SCOTS and after the ceremony members of the Fijian Choir will perform for invited guests in the Town House.
The theme for 2019 is ‘A Connected Commonwealth’. 2019 also marks the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Commonwealth as it is configured today.
The Commonwealth Affirmation reads - “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.”