Date: 9 March 2017
Brentwood Borough Council will be marking Commonwealth Day with a flag-raising ceremony on Monday 13th March.
More than 850 Commonwealth flags will be raised throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK overseas territories and Commonwealth countries on Commonwealth Day 2017.
The Council will be participating for the fourth year and a ceremony will be held outside the Town Hall, in Ingrave Road, Brentwood, CM15 8AY.
Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Noelle Hones, will lead the event and she welcomes anyone who wishes to join the short commemorative event from 9.40am. Local schools have been invited and a message from the Commonwealth Secretary-General and the Commonwealth Affirmation will be read out before the flag is raised at 10am.
Following the ceremony, a single commemorative act will take place to mark the centenary of the First World War. Four candles will be lit, one for each year of the war. At the conclusion of the ceremony, all lights will be extinguished and three will be relit and remain alight as a reminder to all those who see it, not only of the sacrifices made during the past 100 years through conflicts in which the country has been involved, but also as a symbol of hope that we will work towards a greater understanding between people.
It will include joining together in a moment of reflection and the lighting of a candle as a reminder of all those who have made sacrifices over the past 100 years through conflicts and as a symbol of hope that we will work towards understanding between people.
Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Noelle Hones, said: "This event is an opportunity for Brentwood to join others across the country and the Commonwealth to mark the day.
Please do join us next week as we fly the flag for the Commonwealth together to unite our communities and share the values we appreciate including respect, understanding, tolerance and development.
After the ceremony, the lighting of the candle will be a gesture of remembrance for those who have given their lives or who have been involved in conflicts; it is symbolic of hope and reflection."
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In 1914, the then Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, said, "The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime," on the eve of Britain officially entering the First World War; 100 years later we are invited to join together in a moment of reflection. This year is the third year of four years of commemoration.
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