Commonwealth Day in London
11 March 2013
Every year on the second Monday in March, 54 countries join
together in celebration of the links they share as members of one
diverse and dynamic global family - the modern Commonwealth.
A chilly crowd marked Commonwealth Day with the laying of
wreaths at the Commonwealth Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill in
London. The CWGC was at the ceremony and laid a wreath.
The Memorial Gates commemorate the contribution and sacrifice of
men and women from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka,
as well as Africa and the Caribbean, in the two world wars. They
also celebrate the contribution that these men and women and their
descendants, members of the Commonwealth family, continue to make
to the rich diversity of British society. The memorial was
inaugurated by HM The Queen in 2002.
Even the unexpected spring snow couldn't dampen the spirits of
those in attendance - although it did make the post ceremony tea,
coffee and traditional snacks all the more welcome.
The photo shows children from St Mary's Church of England
Primary School in Slough posing with members of the Royal Gurkha