Ministers of government, members of the diplomatic corp, education officials, Miss Dominica, Leslassa Armour-Shillingford, Junior Monarch. Nachel Walsh, and primary and secondary school students from across the island gathered at the Arawak House of Culture for an ecumenical service to commemorate Commonwealth Day.
Commonwealth day is celebrated annually on the second Monday in March by 53 countries including Dominica.
Speaker of the House and chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians-Dominica branch, Alix Boyd-Knights noted that celebrating Commonwealth Day is important.
“It is a very important commemoration in the history of Dominica and other members of the Commonwealth countries because this is a day when we remind ourselves of the importance of this union and what it has done for the countries in terms of what they have contributed and gained from this wonderful union,” she said.
The 2013 theme for Commonwealth Day is “Opportunity through Enterprise.”
Boyds-Knight added that the theme reminded people that despite the economic challenges being faced around the world there is much to be gained from grasping opportunities that may come up.
“Not only must we look for these opportunities but we must accept and grasp them so that we in turn can do our bit for our country,” she said.
His excellency the President Eluid Williams read the Commonwealth Day Message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth who is the head of state of all Commonwealth countries.
The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of independent sovereign states spread over every continent and ocean, sharing ideas and experiences, skills and know-how, and a common language. It is usually marked officially in schools with special programmes and assemblies and flag-raising ceremonies.
The Queen’s Commonwealth Day message is often read at these events