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JAMAICA'S SYMBOLS OF NATIONHOOD

THE JAMAICA FLAG

IT'S MEANING




The Jamaican National Flag, first raised officially on Jamaica's independence Day, August 6, 1962, was designed by a bipartisan committee of the Jamaica House of Representatives.


The Flag has a diagonal cross in gold, with four triangles in juxtaposition (top and bottom in green, left and right in black).


Black stands for the strength and creativity of the people; Gold for natural wealth and beauty of sunlight; and Green for hope and agricultural resources.

 


JAMAICA'S COAT OF ARMS

IT'S MEANING


The Jamaican Coat of Arms depicts a man and a woman of the Amerindian Taino tribe standing on either side of a shield. The shield bears a red cross with five golden pineapples. On the crest is a Jamaican crocodile mounted on the Royal Helmet of the British Monarchy and mantling.

 



JAMAICA'S NATIONAL ANTHEM



NOTES


Eternal Father bless our land,

Guide us with Thy Mighty Hand,

Keep us free from evil powers,

Be our light through countless hours.

To our Leaders, Great Defender,

Grant true wisdom from above.

Justice, Truth be ours forever,

Jamaica, Land we love.

Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica land we love.

Teach us true respect for all,

Stir response to duty’s call,

Strengthen us the weak to cherish,

Give us vision lest we perish.

Knowledge send us Heavenly Father,

Grant true wisdom from above.

Justice, Truth be ours forever,

Jamaica, Land we love.

Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica land we love.




Words by: Hugh Braham Sherlock

Music by: Robert Charles Lightbourne

Adopted upon independence in1962

Words and music combined by   Mapletoft Poulle (1923-1951)


Originally, the first word of the second line was "Guard." It was later changed to "Guide."