Cel­e­bra­tion spans the gen­er­a­tions

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ARMED Forces vet­er­ans and Ormskirk Pri­mary School chil­dren helped West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil mark Com­mon­wealth Day 2017.

The cel­e­bra­tions took place out­side the coun­cil of­fices in Derby Street, Ormskirk, on Mon­day, March 13.

A mes­sage from the Com­mon­wealth Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral was read out by Cllr Yvonne Ga­gen, deputy leader of the bor­ough coun­cil. The mayor Cllr Liz Sav­age gave an ad­dress and a spe­cially-writ­ten Com­mon­wealth af­fir­ma­tion was read by vet­eran Tony Hamer.

Then an Ormskirk Pri­mary School pupil helped vet­er­ans raise the Com­mon­wealth flag.

Cllr Sav­age said: “I am re­ally proud that West Lan­cashire joined peo­ple across the world in rais­ing the Com­mon­wealth flag, and I was pleased that the vet­er­ans and chil­dren could join us on this very spe­cial oc­ca­sion.”

Af­ter the flag was raised, ev­ery­one was in­vited to wit­ness a sin­gle com­mem­o­ra­tive act mark­ing the cen­te­nary of WWI. A two-minute si­lence was held and the school­child­ren read wartime nurs­ery rhymes.

Cllr Sav­age then lit three can­dles as a re­minder to all, not only of the sac­ri­fices made dur­ing the past 100 years through con­flicts in which this coun­try has been in­volved, but also as a sym­bol of hope that we will work to­wards un­der­stand­ing be­tween peo­ples.

This year’s flag rais­ing event built on those in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and more than 850 Com­mon­wealth flags raised in lo­ca­tions through­out the UK, Chan­nel Is­lands, Isle of Man, UK over­seas ter­ri­to­ries, and Com­mon­wealth coun­tries.

Ormskirk Pri­mary School pupils with the Mayor of West Lan­cashire, Cllr Liz Sav­age, at the com­mem­o­ra­tive act for WWI and, right, Cllr Sav­age; Cllr Noel De­laney, Mayor’s Con­sort; Cllr Yvonne Ga­gen; town crier Don Evans; and an Ormskirk Pri­mary School pupil

Ormskirk town crier Don Evans and an Ormskirk Pri­mary School pupil help vet­er­ans from the Skelmers­dale Ex-Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion raise the Com­mon­wealth flag, watched by in­vited guests

Vet­eran Tony Hamer reads the Com­mon­wealth af­fir­ma­tion and, be­low, Cllr Sav­age and Cllr Ga­gen ad­dress the in­vited guests

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