Armed forces veterans and Ormskirk Primary School children helped West Lancashire Borough Council raise the Commonwealth Flag at a special ceremony on Monday 13 March, to mark Commonwealth Day 2017.
The celebrations took place outside the Council Offices at 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk.
A message from the Commonwealth Secretary-General was read out by Councillor Yvonne Gagen, Deputy Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council. The Mayor Councillor Liz Savage addressed everyone present and a specially-written Commonwealth Affirmation was read by veteran Tony Hamer. Then an Ormskirk Primary School pupil helped veterans raise the flag.
Councillor Savage said: “I am really proud that West Lancashire joined people across the world in raising the Commonwealth Flag, and I was pleased that the veterans and children could join us on this very special occasion.”
After the flag was raised everyone was invited to witness A Single Commemorative Act marking the centenary of World War One. A two-minute silence was held and the schoolchildren read World War One nursery rhymes. Cllr Savage then lit three candles as a reminder to all, not only of the sacrifices made during the past 100 years through conflicts in which this country has been involved, but also as a symbol of hope that we will work towards understanding between peoples.
This year’s Commonwealth Flag raising event built on successful events in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and saw over 850 other Commonwealth Flags raised in locations throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories, and Commonwealth countries.