The Commonwealth Flag will be raised outside The Sessions House in Eastgate on Monday (March 9) as Louth Town Council joins more than 730 other organisations celebrating ‘Commonwealth Day’ across the globe.
After the flag is raised at 9.30am, the Commonwealth affirmation will be read by the Mayor of Louth, Councillor Andrew Leonard, followed by a “special message of good wishes” from The Queen. Councillors and other leaders will also be present.
The initiative, now in its second year, hopes to catch the imagination of thousands of participants from all walks of life, inspiring them to join with others throughout the Commonwealth.
The ceremony in Louth will be followed at 10.30am by a Single Commemorative Act marking the centenary of the First World War. The Mayor will read an introduction and light four candles representing 2014-18. The candles will then be extinguished representing darkness over Europe. A single light will then be lit and remain in place until the next annual service, to be held on Commonwealth Day each year (the second Monday in March).
In 2018 all four candles will be lit symbolising ‘light won through the darkness’.