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The National Flag is composed of three vertical panels -- the outer of ultramarine (for the sea and sky of Barbados) and the center of gold (for the sand of Barbados' beaches). The symbol in the center panel is the Trident of Neptune; the shaft is broken to symbolize Barbados' break with its historical and constitutional ties as a colony. The National Flag was designed by Grantley W. Prescod, whose design was chosen from 1,029 entries in an open competition organized by the Government of Barbados.
The grant of a Coat of Arms was presented by Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain to the President of the Senate of Barbados on February 14, 1966. The arms were designed by Neville C. Connell, director of the Barbados Museum. The Golden Shield bears two Pride of Barbados flowers (the National Flower) and the Bearded Fig Tree (which was common on the island at the time of its settlement). The shield is supported on the dexter side by a dolphin (symbolic of the fishing industry) and by a pelican (for Pelican Island, which existed off Barbados until being incorporated into the Deep Water Harbour) on the sinister side. Above the shield is a helmet and mantling and on a wreath is the arm and hand of a Barbadian holding two crossed pieces of sugar cane (symbolic of the sugar industry), making what is called a Saltire Cross, the cross upon which Saint Andrew was crucified (Independence Day is celebrated on November 30, Saint Andrew's Day). The ribbon below the shield bears the Barbadian motto "Pride and Industry."
The National Flower of Barbados is the Pride of Barbados (Poinciana pulcherrima linnaeus), also known as the dwarf poinciana or flower fence. This shrub is often pruned into a low hedge, but if left untrimmed can grow to a height of 10 to 15 feet. It blooms most of the year. The National Flower is accepted as the red variety with the yellow margin on the petals, but other variations can be found. Each flower is about 1½ inches across. The branches are prickly. The leaves are doubly compound, about one foot long and six inches wide, with many small leaflets.
The National Pledge was written by Lester Vaughan, a former teacher and education officer of primary schools, whose entry was chosen over 166 other compositions in a national competition. The Pledge was formally announced to Barbados on April 2, 1973.
I pledge allegiance to my country
Barbados and to my flag,
The music of the National Anthem was written by C. Van Roland Edwards; it was re-arranged in 1967 by Inspector Prince Cave of the Royal Barbados Police Band. The lyrics were written by Irving Burgie.
In plenty and in time of need
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