Independence Special: Jamaica @ 60 & Beyond

NAME OF FEATURE | THE GLEANER | SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022 6 INDEPENDENCE SPECIAL: JAMAICA @ 60 AND B YOND F ATURE | THE GLEANER | SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022 jamaica at ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE Published Friday, June 22, 1962 THE SEARCHFORNational Flagof Jamaicahas ended.Wednesday night, at the close of a dramatic and sometimes emotional two-hour debate, members of the House of Representatives stood and shouted “Aye”inadecision thatmade theBlack, GreenandGoldbanner Jamaica’sown. This then is the flag that will be unfurled at the National Stadium at midnight on August 5 to herald the birth of a new nation on August 6. This is the banner that will billow in the breezewhenHer Royal Highness the Princess Margaret performs the ceremony thatwill highlight Jamaica’s Independence Cerebrations. The sample design, of crossed diagonals in Gold, and triangles in Black and Green, is unique, the Hon Donald Sangster, minister of finance, told the House onWednesday. There is no other national flag like it anywhere in the world. It was the resemblance of the original design to the flag of Tanganyika that caused the House to have second thoughts on the matter. The first design, details of which were datelined in Ministry Paper tabled in the House on June 6, carried the same colours, but in horizontal bars. Tanganyika has the same colours and an almost similar arrangement. It was the effort of a bipartisan committee of the House and, as the Ministry Paper stated, the decision was reached on the basis of substantial compromise. TOO CLOSE But the resemblancewas a little too close toTanganyika’s flag, and so the men behind the design were asked to think again and they have come up with something that will stand out as it flutters, as it eventually wall, among the more than 100 banners flying fromtheir flagpoles outside the headquarters of the United Nations. It will bring, too, a lump to the throats of patriotic Jamaicans as they see it flying fromtheir flagpoles at the dawn of Independence on August 6; schoolchildren, to whom it will be distributed in thousands, will wave it and cheer and love it as the symbol of their country’s nationhood. The colours have their symbols, as the original Ministry Paper emphasised. Black: Hardships overcome and to be faced. Gold: Natural wealth and beauty of sunlight. Green: Hope and agriculture resources. The symbolism can also be rendered hardships there are but the land is green and the sun shineth. As the Hon Edward Seaga, minister of development and welfare, said in the debate, “I consider the design unusual, the pattern beautiful, and the symbolismperfect. On the sixth day of August I shall stand and salute the flag.” The House agreed that all Jamaica will do so with him. This is Jamaica’s flag Committee Produces Unique Design for National Emblem; No other country’s ensign like it; Will Be Unfurled At Independence If you can’ get turkey you must sati’fy wid John Crow. TRANSLATION: If you can’t get turkey, you must satisfy with John Crow. (Beckwith) EXPLANATION: If you cannot getwhat youwantmust be satisfiedwith thatwhich comes nearest to it inappearance. (Anderson, Cundall) OLE TIME PEOPLE USED TO SAY ...

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