The Star (St. Lucia) - - 36TH INDEPENDENCE -

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).

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