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Fly a Flag on Monday

The Commonwealth Flag will be hoisted in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and Commonwealth Countries on Monday, 14 March 2016 which is Commonwealth Day. Seen here is the Fly a Flag Day logo.

The Cayman Islands will fly the Commonwealth flag outside the Government Administration Building (GAB) on Monday, 14 March 2016 at 10 a.m. as part of worldwide Commonwealth Day celebrations.

To reflect this year's theme "An Inclusive Commonwealth" over 850 Commonwealth flags will be raised around the world.

The new initiative by the Commonwealth Secretariat in the UK is expected to become an annual event.

As part of the programme that will start at 9.50 a.m., the Honorary Representative of the Royal Commonwealth Society in the Cayman Islands, Mr. Lemuel Hurlston, CVO, MBE, JP, will read out a message from the outgoing Commonwealth Secretary-General, Mr. Kamalesh Sharma.

This will be followed by a reading of the Commonwealth affirmation by the Premier, Hon. Alden McLaughlin, MBE, JP. Immediately afterwards, Her Excellency the Governor, Helen Kilpatrick, CB, will raise the Commonwealth flag at 10 a.m.

Also in attendance will be Ministers, Members of the Legislative Assembly, government officials, honorary consuls, Girls Guides and Boy Scouts. Members of the public are invited to come out and witness this initial event, which is organised by the Protocol Office.

To accommodate this event, the Youth Parliament is being put forward by a half-hour to now start at 10.30 a.m.

The flag is to remain flying at GAB for 24 hours and will be illuminated overnight, as per flag flying protocol, before it is taken down the next day.

(GIS)

For further information contact: Bina Mani