(CNS Local Life): Governor Martyn Roper raised the Commonwealth Flag on Monday, 11 March, to mark the annual Commonwealth Day, alongside Premier Alden McLaughlin. The ceremony took place outside the Government Administration Building, joining Commonwealth countries around the world. The theme for 2019 is “A Connected Commonwealth”.
This year celebrates the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Commonwealth, which comprises 53 member countries.
Cabinet Secretary Samuel Rose gave welcome remarks at the ceremony before Lemuel Hurlston read a message from Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland, stated a press release.
“At this time when multilateralism is under threat, and we see nationalism and narrow self-interest on the rise, the Commonwealth shines as a beacon of hope and promise, inspiring confidence in the benefits of international co-operation and collective action,” Scotland said in her message.
“An understanding of how as countries, as communities and as individuals we are mutually dependent and mutually supporting lies at the heart of all that the Commonwealth brings to our world,” she added.
Adelaide Walton read the Commonwealth Affirmation on behalf of Girlguiding Cayman Islands, celebrating the ties which bind the Commonwealth countries together, the release said.