Symbols of the Bahamas
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March on Bahamaland
composed by Timothy
Lift up your head to the
rising sun, Bahamaland;
March on to glory your bright banners
See how the world marks the manner of
Pledge to excel through love and unity.
Pressing onward, march together to a
common loftier goal;
Steady sunward, tho' the weather hide the
wide and treachrous shoal.
Lift up your head to the rising sun,
'Til the road you've trod lead unto your
God, March On, Bahamaland.
||BIRD Greater Flamingo
ruber) Flamingos are found in three
major nesting groups in the West Indian
region -- Great Inaugua island in The
Bahamas; Yucatan, Mexico; and Bonaire
Island in the Netherlands Antilles. The
more than 50,000 birds inhabiting the 287
square miles of Inagua are protected by
wardens employed by the Society for the
Protection of the Flamingo in The
Bahamas, through the Bahamas National
Trust, a statutory body set up in 1959.
||The COAT OF
ARMS is a
composition of things indigenous to these
islands. The preliminary design of the
coat of arms was prepared by Bahamian
artist Hervis Bain. The crest of the
arms, a light pink conch shell,
symbolizes the marine life of The
Bahamas. The top of the crest is composed
of wavy green palm fronds, symbolic of
the natural vegetation. The Santa Maria,
flagship of Christopher
appears on the shield. Wavy barrulets of
blue symbolize the waters of The Bahamas.
The shield is charged with a radiant sun
to signify the world-famous balmy resort
climate, as well as the bright future of
the islands. A flamingo, the national
bird, and a silvery blue marlin, the
national fish, support the shield. The
national motto, "Forward Upward
Onward Together," is draped across
the base of the coat of arms. It heralds
the direction and manner in which the
Bahamian nation should move. The motto
was chosen after a national competition,
which was won by two 11-year-old
schoolchildren -- Vivian F. Moultrie of
Inagua Public School and Melvern B. Bowe
of the Government High School in Nassau.
nigricans) Found in both the Atlantic and
Pacific oceans, many persons first
encounter this fish in Ernest Hemingway's
book The Old Man and the Sea.
Hemingway was a frequent visitor to The
Bahamas, especially the island of Bimini,
where the blue marlin is highly prized
among the game-fishing community. A
powerful and aggressive fighter, the blue
marlin can run hard and long, sound or
dive deep, and leap high into the air in
a display of strength.
||FLAG Black represents the vigor and
force of a united people. The triangle
pointing represents the enterprise and
determination of the Bahamian people to
develop and process the rich resources of
land and sea, symbolized by gold and
Elder Selection of the yellow
elder over many other flowers was made
through the combined popular vote of
members of all four of New
Providences garden clubs of the
1970s the Nassau Garden Club, the
Carver Garden Club, the International
Garden Club, and the YWCA Garden Club.
They reasoned that other flowers grown
here such as the bougainvillea,
hibiscus, and poinciana had
already been chosen as the national
flowers of other countries. The yellow
elder, on the other hand, was unclaimed
(although it is now also the official
flower of the United States Virgin
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
written by Rev. Philip Rahming
Pledge my allegiance to the flag and to
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
For which it stands,
one people united in love and service.
Bless Our Sunny Cline
lyrics by Rev. Philip
music by Timothy Gibson and Clement
God Bless our sunny
clime, spur us to height sublime.
To keep men free, let brothers, sisters
Firm, trusting hand in hand, throughout
One brotherhood, one brotherhood.
Let gratefulness ascend, courageous
From isle to isle. Long let us treasure
So may our lives increase, our prayers
Let freedom ring! Let freedom ring!
The long, long night has passed, the
morning breaks at last,
From shore to shore, sunrise with golden
Sons n' daughters, share the dream, for
one working team
One brotherhood, one brotherhood.
Not for this time nor for this chosen
We pledge ourselves. Live loyal to our
Love country, friend and foe, oh help us
by thy might!
Great God our King! Great God our King!
||TREE Tree of
Life (Lignum vitae)
hard and heavy self-lubricating wood from
this tree is especially well suited for
bearings and bushings of propeller shafts
on steamships, as well as for bearings in
steel mills, for bowling balls, and
pulleys. The bark is used for medicinal
purposes, and many Bahamians steep the
bark and drink it as an aphrodisiac. For
many years, dating back to World War II,
shipments of the wood were made from The
Bahamas to the United Kingdom and the
United States by the New Providence firm
of Duncombe and Butler.
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