City Council to mark Commonwealth Day and WW1 centenary

Published: Wednesday, 8th March 2017

A single act of commemoration to mark the centenary of World War One will be led by the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Cllr Altaf-Khan and the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire next week.

Taking place on Monday 13 March at 10.30am in Oxford Town Hall’s Main Hall, the candle-lighting ceremony aims to convey the feeling of darkness that descended upon Europe 100 years ago.

Prior to the event at 10am, Oxford City Council will raise the Commonwealth flag at Carfax Tower during which the Lord Mayor will read out a message from The Royal Commonwealth Society to mark Commonwealth Day.

Cllr Altaf-Khan, Lord Mayor of Oxford, said: “This year’s theme for Commonwealth Day is ‘a peace-building Commonwealth’ which is a great time to remind us all that we should celebrate our shared values of celebrate peace, democracy and equality.

“It is important for Oxford City Council to join those across the country in marking the centenary of World War One and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.”

The event will include readings from representatives of 7th Battalion The Rifles and the Lord Lieutenant’s office, in addition to hymns from the City Chambers Choir.

There will be an opportunity to remember and honour those who have paid the price for our freedom as we observe a two minutes silence. A book of remembrance will also be available for members of the public to sign.

Both events are open to the public and all are invited to attend.