SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015
All week long the flagman pictured here was seen near the round-about in Castries and other spots plying his trade. He enticed drivers, passers-by and visitors with his precious stash- many of whom obliged and purchased one of the national flags.
In many parts of the island persons are showing their national pride and recognition of Saint Lucia’s Independence by adorning the flag itself or the national colours-blue, yellow, black, white.
The flag was designed by Dunstan St. Omer one of Saint Lucia’s well known visual artist. The flag is described as being on a plain field of cerulean blue with a white and black triangular shape, at the base of which a golden triangle occupies a central position at the center of the blue field. The triangles are superimposed on one another - the black on the white, and the gold on the black.
The blue represent fidelity and reflects the tropical sky and also the emerald surrounding waters of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The gold represents the prevailing sunshine in the Caribbean and prosperity, the black for the predominant ethnic group coexisting with the white minority. The triangles represent the mountains in Saint Lucia, reminiscent of the island’s famous twin Pitons at Soufriere, rising out of the sea, towards the sky -themselves, a symbol of the hope and aspirations of the people.
(photo by Bill Mortley).