Gloucestershire County Council has raised the flag over Shire Hall to celebrate the annual Commonwealth Day.

Commonwealth Day is held on the second Monday in March each year and is an opportunity for individuals, communities and organisations to promote the Commonwealth.

The Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth initiative, is now in its fourth year and is capturing the imagination of people from all walks of life. To celebrate the day, more than 1,000 Commonwealth flags will be flown around the globe at 10am local time on Monday 12th March.

Fifty-three countries around the world will be joining to celebrate Commonwealth Day and promote the shared values of peace, democracy and equality, and to celebrate the association’s rich diversity.

This year’s theme explores how the Commonwealth can work ‘Towards a Common Future’. Building upon last years theme of ‘A Peace Building Commonwealth’, this year’s looks at how to address global challenges and work to create a better future for all citizens through sustainability, safety, prosperity and fairness.

Cllr Shaun Parsons, Chairman of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Commonwealth Day provides an opportunity for people all around the world, to come together and promote the Commonwealth’s shared values of peace, democracy and equality, and to celebrate the association’s rich diversity.

“Gloucestershire businesses have a long history of trading with the Commonwealth and the county had a tradition of welcoming people from these countries that have made their homes in Gloucestershire.”

Commonwealth Day will be observed weeks before the Commonwealth Games, the second biggest athletics event in the world.

Please share your Commonwealth Day messages and photos on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #CommonwealthDay.

You can find more information on Commonwealth Day at http://thecommonwealth.org/

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