Commonwealth Day 2023 is being marked at Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Clacton Town Hall today (Monday, 13 March) with the flying of a special flag.
The Commonwealth Flag was hoisted after a short ceremony led by TDC Chairman Peter Harris, who read the Commonwealth Affirmation, with the service attended by members of the public.
The affirmation reads: “We affirm that every person possesses unique worth and dignity. We affirm our respect for nature, and that we will be stewards of the earth by caring for every part of it, and for it as a whole. We affirm our belief in justice for everyone, and peace among peoples and nations.
“Joining together in kinship and affinity, in diversity and unity, as members of a worldwide family of nations, we build on shared inheritances. We cooperate with mutual respect and goodwill to deliver a common future for the good of all.
“Through Commonwealth connection we learn from one another, and innovate to transform our communities, our nations and our world.”
Councillor Harris said: “It was a privilege to have a role in this special day and to oversee the Commonwealth Flag being flown to show unity across the Commonwealth and how Tendring stands with all of those nations.”
Tendring is one of hundreds of locations flying the flag across more than 40 countries throughout the Commonwealth nations of the world, and local authorities and civic dignitaries, community groups and charities throughout the British Isles are taking part in flag-raising events.
The ceremony gives people the opportunity to share in the widespread public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, appreciation of the values it stands for, and the chances it affords to its citizens around the world.