Will Forster

Mayor of Woking and Lib Dem County Councillor for Woking South Learn more

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Raising the Commonwealth Flag in Woking

by willforster on 12 March, 2018

To mark Commonwealth Day, earlier today I helped raise the Commonwealth Flag above the Civic Offices in Woking.

This ceremony is part of an international event that will see more than 850 flags raised in locations throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and Commonwealth countries to mark Commonwealth Day.  The aim of Commonwealth Day is to celebrate the unity, diversity and linkages of the modern Commonwealth and foster greater understanding of the Commonwealth’s role, enabling local communities to become involved and to become aware of the opportunities it offers to its citizens around the world.

I think Commonwealth Day is an opportunity to celebrate our special union that spans the globe.  It also allows local communities to come together to celebrate unity and diversity, to mark the achievements of the union and publicly express our pledge to the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent countries that subscribe to values and principles outlined in a Charter. These values focus on democracy, human rights, the rule of law and promotes peace and prosperity to improve the lives of all people of the Commonwealth.

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