Under the Union Jack and Pink, White and Green
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