This service celebrated the contribution these people, their descendants and other members of the Commonwealth family have made and continue to make to the rich diversity of British society.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said:
The Commonwealth is a huge part of our heritage which unites all corners of our country and beyond. Therefore it is only right that we celebrate the success of our historic partnership and its enduring influence on our country and Commonwealth Day is the perfect time to do so.
In both world wars millions of soldiers from across the Commonwealth fought side-by-side, defending the values of freedom and liberty, and defeating the dark forces of tyranny and oppression. Every Commonwealth country shares this proud history, but we also share enduring values, which provide enormous opportunities for future cooperation.
Therefore I am proud to be flying the flag of the Commonwealth outside my department to mark this tradition.