Un­der the Union Jack and Pink, White and Green

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

Dear edi­tor.

I write in de­fence of why the Union Jack and pink, white and green flags fly on the flag­pole in my back­yard.

I was born un­der the Union Jack and the pink, white and green. Our fore­fa­thers fought two World Wars to pro­vide us with the free­dom we have to­day un­der the Union Jack. It was un­der the Union Jack that many hun­dreds of young men gave their lives so you and I walk free. The only flag I knew in my early years was the Union Jack.

The pink, white and green orig­i­nated in 1843. It is the old­est flag in con­tin­u­ous use of any of what was Bri­tish North Amer­ica. Pre­ced­ing the ori­gin of the Cana­dian Flag (Maple Leaf) 1967. The pink, white and green is pre­ced­ing in date all the other Cana­dian Flags. It is pre­ceded only in date of ori­gin by the Union Jack. The New­found­land flag is the only flag in the world to in­clude the color pink.

Dur­ing the Prince of Wales visit to New­found­land in 1859 the pink, white and green was flown side by side with the Union Jack. It went with our fa­mous ex­plorer Robert Bartlett on many of his ex­pe­di­tions. It also went with Perry on his ex­pe­di­tion to the North Pole. In 1900 it was adopted widely by New­found­lan­ders as the flag of New­found­land. In old pho­to­graphs it can be seen fly­ing over the colo­nial build­ing home of the New­found­land Par­lia­ment.

The pink, white and green tri­color is com­prised of the el­e­ments of three flags. The pink rep­re­sents the Rose of Eng­land; green is St. Pa­trick’s em­blem, and the white rep­re­sents St. An­drews cross.

What be­came known as a kind of na­tional an­them was writ­ten by Arch­bishop Howley.

The pink the Rose of Eng­land shows, the green St. Pa­trick’s em­blem, bright while in be­tween, the spot­less sheen of St. An­drews cross dis­plays the white then hail; the pink, the white, the green, our pa­triot flag’ long may it stand. Our sire­lands twine, their em­blems trine, to form the flag of New­found­land! Fling out the flag, or’e creek and crag, pink, white and green, so fair, so grand. Long may it sway or’e bight and bay, around the shores of New- found­land! Wa­ter be­tide, out “Ocean Bride” that nes­tles midst At­lantic’s foam still far and wide we raise with pride our na­tive flag, o’er earth and home. Should e’er the hand of fate de­mand, some fu­ture change in our ca­reer. We ne’er will yield: on flood or field, the flag we honor and re­vere! Fling out the flag, or’e creek and crag pink, white and green, so far, so grand. Long may it sway, o’er bight and bay around the shores of New­found­land!

The tri­color was used in 1911 in a set of 11 spe­cial stamps de­signed by the Gov­ern­ment of New­found­land. In 1975 the Franklin Mint in New York chose the de­sign of the tri­color to be set in sil­ver in­gots rep­re­sent­ing the New­found­land flag.

In the later half of the 1970’s dur­ing the Peck­ford years as premier the flag be­came a heated pub­lic de­bate. In Novem­ber 1979 Peck­ford an­nounced the house of assem­bly would be asked to ap­point a com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate mat­ters con­cern­ing the adop­tion of a new flag. The new flag was de­signed by Christo­pher Pratt. The flag was un­veiled April 29, 1980.

Some­time ago when I was at the post of­fice get­ting the mail, a gen­tle­man said, “that’s your old age pen­sion cheque. I kind of ex­pected a fel­low like you who flies the Union Jack and the pink, white and green would re­turn his cheque.” My an­swer was “no sir, I worked for 47 years and the gov­ern­ment took enough taxes from me, that I will be 119 be­fore the gov­ern­ment re­pays me with their monthly cheques”.

I was told by an em­ployee of one of the com­pa­nies who man­u­fac­tures gas and oil that his com­pany could pro­duce a gal­lon of gas cheaper than a bot­tle of coke is pro­duced. This was in the 1960’s when gas was sell­ing for 50 cents a gal­lon, and coke was 10 cents a bot­tle. He said the first thing we pay is an im­porter’s tax, a man­u­fac­tur­ing tax, a mu­nic­i­pal tax, a pro­vin­cial tax and a fed­eral tax. I am as­sum­ing that all other prod­ucts we buy are taxed about the same. Dur­ing my work­ing days the fed­eral gov­ern­ment made sure they got a good part of my earn­ings. Moses Barrett Spa­niard’s Bay

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