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ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA'S SYMBOLS OF NATIONHOOD

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THE ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA FLAG


ITS MEANING







The seven-point Golden Sun represents the dawning of a new era; the color Red - the energy and dynamism of the people; Blue - hope; Black - the African ancestry of the people. Yellow, Blue and White together -  the sun, sand and sea: the V-shape - Victory.

(The flag was designed by Reginald Samuels, a high school art teacher)


ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA'S COAT OF ARMS


ITS MEANING




The Pineapple at the top of  the  coat of arms is  the famous Antigua Black Pineapple. The red Hibiscus  flowers are reminders of the much admired varieties seen everywhere. The golden Sun and the wavy blue and white bands symbolize the Sea, Sun and Beaches. The central Sugar Mill Tower and the  Sugar Cane stalk are reminders of the sugar industry. The Century Plant or Dagger Pole with its golden yellow flowers was a part of the emblem of Antigua and the Leeward Islands. The two Deer, prized animals in Antigua and Barbuda, support the shield. One of the deer holds an agave plant, a reminder of the rope industry.


The national motto displayed on the scroll - "Each endeavouring, All achieving"- was composed by James H. Carrot.


The Coat-of-Arms was originally designed by Gordon Christopher, around 1966, and later modified by Don Cribbs.

 




ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA'S NATIONAL ANTHEM



NOTES



Fair Antigua and Barbuda!

We thy sons and daughters, stand

Strong and firm in peace or danger,

To safeguard our Native Land:

We commit ourselves to building

A true Nation, brave and free!

Ever striving, ever seeking

Dwell in love and unity.

Raise the Standard! Raise it boldly!

Answer now to duty's call:

To the service of your Country:

Sparing nothing, giving all!

Gird your loins and join the battle

'Gainst fear, hate and poverty:

Each endeavouring, all achieving,

Live in peace where man is free!


God of Nations, let Thy Blessing

Fall upon this Land of ours,

Rain and sunshine ever sending

Fill her fields with crops and flowers:

We, her Children, do implore Thee:

Give us strength, faith, loyalty:

Never failing, all enduring

To defend her liberty.


The music was written in 1966 by Walter Chambers,  lyrics by Novelle Richards.

When the country became fully independent, the words were modified to include Barbuda.