Solihull to fly Commonwealth Nations Flag for Peace - The Solihull Observer

Solihull to fly Commonwealth Nations Flag for Peace

Solihull Editorial 28th Jan, 2023   0

SOLIHULL has been chosen to fly the Commonwealth of Nations Flag for Peace as part of this year’s Commonwealth Day.

Each year, Solihull Council raises the Commonwealth Flag during a small ceremony to commemorate the day but his year, to mark ten years since Queen Elizabeth signed the Commonwealth Charter, an alternate flag has been chosen for March 13.

While the initiative is primarily aimed at cities, special exceptions have been made for some towns, including Solihull, to participate.

The Commonwealth Flag of Peace features a white dove of peace in the bottom right-hand corner of the Commonwealth flag, symbolising the shared values and principles of the Commonwealth, including co-operation on economic and social development, diversity, respect, friendship and the promotion of peace around the world.

Commonwealth Secretary-General the Rt. Hon Patricia Scotland KC, said: “The Charter of the Commonwealth, signed on 11 March 2013, is a landmark document. It is the definitive expression of the values and aspirations of all Commonwealth countries.

“Assessed against our own history, and against the vast history of human struggle and progress, the Commonwealth is closer to those values than ever before.

“So, while the whole Commonwealth celebrates the tenth anniversary of the signing of our Charter, the Flag for Peace is a fitting way to recognise those values as we endeavour to live up to them.”

The Commonwealth Flag of Peace initiative will be delivered in partnership with the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and Bruno Peek, Pageantmaster, in tribute to the late Queen.

This will be the first Commonwealth Day since her passing and the first to be presided over by King Charles as head of the Commonwealth.

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