Countries pledge ASEAN flag raising ceremonies by next ASEAN Day, 8 August 2011

Indonesia's embassy to Brunei Darussalam has hosted an ASEAN flag raising ceremony for the first time. In the ceremony, a group of three clad in black pants, white shirts with ties and wearing black songkok (ceremonial cap) raised the ASEAN flag and the ASEAN anthem 'The ASEAN Way was played.

"The hoisting of ASEAN flag side-by-side with the respective national flags of ASEAN member countries has been agreed at the meeting of the Committee of the Permanent Representatives to ASEAN in Jakarta on 27 January 2011, which we have to carry out at the latest on ASEAN Day on 8 August 2011," said Ambassador Handriyo as quoted by the Brunei Times.

"The guidelines on the use of ASEAN flag reflects our strong commitment to strive for the realisation of the ASEAN Community by 2015," he added.