Thurrock Council will join organisations and groups worldwide at 10am on Monday 12 March in raising the Commonwealth flag to celebrate Commonwealth Day as part of the 'Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth' initiative.
Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth is now in its fourth year and sees organisations from across the commonwealth raise the flag to celebrate the values the Commonwealth upholds and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with fellow Commonwealth citizens around the world.
The flag raised by Thurrock at the Civic Offices will be one of more than a thousand hoisted by groups as diverse as local authorities, charities, Sea and Air Cadets, scout and guide groups, ex-Servicemen and major shipping lines in a shared celebration of this amazing family of nations that encompasses the globe.
The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, said: "Fly a Flag is a wonderful opportunity for local communities to come together to celebrate the remarkable diversity and inclusiveness of the Commonwealth, and the many ways in which the lives and livelihoods of its 2.4 billion citizens are enriched through Commonwealth connection and cooperation.
"By working together locally and globally we learn from one another, and make progress for the good of all."
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 Commonwealth's theme for this year, with the raising of the flag reminding that cooperation as a family of nations enables member nations to respond collectively to global challenges, and to deliver a fairer, more prosperous, secure and sustainable future for all citizens.