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Jamaica celebrates Commonwealth Day

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Jamaica joined 52 other nations in marking Commonwealth Day yesterday, with a celebration hosted by Governor-General, Sir Patrick Allen, at King's House.

The event was held under the theme 'Towards a Common Future', and featured the reading of the Commonwealth Day message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by the Governor-General, who also raised a toast to the Queen.

British High Commissioner, His Excellency Asif Ahmad, along with Chairperson, Royal Commonwealth Society Jamaica, Indera Persaud, brought greetings.

There was a cultural performance from the Liguanea Preparatory School, and the Commonwealth Service 2018 Affirmation was also read.

In her statement, the Queen said the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, which takes place in the United Kingdom next month, will bring together young people, businesses and civil society from across the Commonwealth.

She said these gatherings are fine examples of how consensus and commitment can help to create a future that is fairer, more secure, more prosperous and sustainable.

“Having enjoyed the warm hospitality of so many Commonwealth countries over the years, I look forward to the pleasure of welcoming the leaders of our family of 53 nations to my homes in London and Windsor,” Her Majesty said.

She also mentioned the upcoming Commonwealth Games, which will be hosted in the Gold Coast, Australia.

“Contributing to the success of the Games, alongside athletes and officials, will be thousands of volunteers. Voluntary effort, by people working as individuals, in groups or through larger associations, is so often what shapes the Commonwealth and all our communities,” she said.

“By pledging to serve the common good in new ways, we can ensure that the Commonwealth continues to grow in scope and stature, to have an even greater impact on people's lives, today, and for future generations,” the Queen added.

Commonwealth Day is celebrated across the Commonwealth by young people, schools, communities and civil society organisations on the second Monday in March every year.

It provides an opportunity to promote understanding on global issues, international cooperation and the work of Commonwealth organisations.