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BAHAMAS' SYMBOLS OF NATIONHOOD

THE BAHAMAS FLAG


ITS MEANING



 The colors of the Bahamian flag are black, gold and aquamarine. The black represents the Bahamian people, the gold represents the sun and aquamarine the sea.

 


THE BAHAMAS COAT OF ARMS


ITS MEANING



The crest of the arms, a light pink conch shell, symbolizes the marine life of The Bahamas. The wavy green palm fronds at the top of the crest symbolize the natural vegetation. The Santa Maria, flagship of Christopher Columbus, is represented on the shield. Wavy barrulets of blue symbolize the waters of The Bahamas.


On the shield is a radiant sun representing the climate.  A flamingo, the national bird, and a silvery blue marlin support the shield. The national motto "Forward Upward Onward Together" is displayed  across the base.


(Bahamian artist Hervis Bain prepared the preliminary design of the coat of arms. The national competition to produce the motto for the coat of arms, was won by two 11-year-old schoolchildren).

 



THE BAHAMAS NATIONAL ANTHEM



NOTES




'Lift up your head to the rising sun, Bahamaland,

March on to glory, your bright banners waving high,

See how the world marks the manner of the bearing

Pledge to excel through love and unity.

Pressing onward, march together, to a common loftier goal,

Steady sunward, tho’ the weather hide the wide and treacherous shoal.

Lift up your head to the rising sun Bahamaland,

Til the road you’ve trod leads unto your God,

March on Bahamaland.'

 


The National Anthem of The Bahamas was written by Timothy Gibson, educator and songwriter.