The Cayman Islands marked Commonwealth Day with a flag-raising ceremony at the Government Administration Building and a sitting of the Youth Parliament at the Legislative Assembly on Monday.
Government leaders and service groups gathered for the brief ceremony, which is part of a “Fly the Flag for the Commonwealth” initiative that was marked in the 52 countries of the Commonwealth worldwide.
The theme of this year’s Commonwealth Day is “A Peace-Building Commonwealth.”
Lemuel Hurlston, honorary representative of the Royal Commonwealth Society in the Cayman Islands, announced the Commonwealth theme and read a message from Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland.
“‘Fly the Flag for the Commonwealth’ provides a splendid opportunity every year for people from all walks of life to join with others in their local community to celebrate Commonwealth Day in association with fellow citizens throughout our worldwide family.
“People from nations and territories in every continent and ocean cherish the rich diversity of our membership, the deep sense of affinity and kinship we share, and the Commonwealth values and principles that unite us,” Mr. Hurlston read from the statement.
The reading of the Commonwealth Affirmation was carried out by Cayman Girlguiding, and the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps raised the flag.
The Cayman Islands branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association hosted its 10th annual Youth Parliament in the chamber of the Legislative Assembly building following the ceremony.
Twenty five students participated in the assembly, which included motions on educational skills gaps and child pornography.
Meanwhile, students at George Town Primary School dressed in national costumes for a parade of Commonwealth nations on the school field to mark the day and to start off the school’s Culture Week.