Armed forces veterans and local school children from Elm Tree Community Primary School will be helping West Lancashire Borough Council raise the Commonwealth Flag at a special ceremony on Monday 9 March, to mark Commonwealth Day 2015.
Celebrations begin around 9.45am when West Lancashire Mayor, Councillor Doreen Stephenson, Council Leader, Councillor David Westley and other civic dignitaries will be joined by veterans, children, parents and teachers outside the Council Offices at 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk.
Messages from the Commonwealth Secretary-General and the Queen will be read out and the Mayor will also address those present.
A specially-written Commonwealth Affirmation will be read before the flag is raised at 10.00am. A lucky pupil will assist in raising the flag.
This year’s Commonwealth Flag raising event builds on highly successful inaugural events in 2014, and will see over 650 other Commonwealth Flags raised in 38 Commonwealth countries. It has caught the imagination of thousands of participants around the world, enabling people of all ages to join with others in associating themselves with widespread public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth and appreciation of the values it stands for.
Councillor Stephenson said: “I am really pleased the Council has arranged this ceremony and proud that West Lancashire will be joining people across the world in raising the Commonwealth Flag.”
For the first time In Maritime History, the 11 Ships of P&O and Cunard Line will be raising the Commonwealth flag at various locations as they cruise around the world at 10am on Monday 9 March 2015.
Charity Teams from ‘Fields of Life’, a Northern Ireland and Uganda based charity will mark the day by taking the Commonwealth Flags to the top of the UK's four highest National Peaks and will use the occasion to raise valuable funds for their worthy cause: Scafell Pike, England - Mount Snowdon, Wales - Ben Nevis, Scotland and Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland. The charity will also be raising the flag at Schools across Uganda that day.
Commonwealth Flags will also be flown at many locations of special significance that morning, which include, six flag raising ceremonies on the George Cross Island of Malta; the City of Wellington, New Zealand, Belize, Jamaica, Mauritius, Sri Lanka; Lowestoft, Suffolk, the easternmost town in England; Unst in the Shetland Islands, the most northerly inhabited Island in Scotland; the Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula; and Tristan Da Cunha, the remotest inhabited Island in the world - to name but a few.