jamaica national pledge - it's background

by naomi

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QUESTION: Can I get information on the Jamaican national pledge?

ANSWER: by Devin, December 31, 2012

Hi Naomi,
The Jamaican National Pledge was written by Sir Hugh Sherlock, a Jamaican born in Portland on March 21, 1905.

Click Here To Read The Words Of The National Pledge

In 1962, he also wrote the lyrics of “Jamaica, Land We Love”, which became Jamaica's National Anthem on Independence Day.

Incidentally, not much is known on its origin but of note are the fact that when the groundwork was laid in Jamaica in 1961, a new constitution was drafted and a lot of preparation put in place to prepare for the day of independence on August 6, 1962.

These preparations which saw the people of Jamaica being swept up in the excitement and the energy throughout the island was electric.

Poinciana trees were planted in some areas to represent new beginnings, and people learned about the symbolism of their new flag’s design and colours.

Children were also taught the national anthem in school, which was the result of four persons’ work after a competition to write it, was announced in September 1961: the late Rev. and Hugh Sherlock, the late Robert Lightbourne, the late Mapletoft Poulle, and Mrs. Poulle (now Mrs. Raymond Lindo).

Jamaica's National Pledge is often recited in schools at the beginning or end of term, on other special occasions, and school devotions. In showing respect to the national pledge, your hands should be held down stationary beside your side, and you should be standing.

I hope this gives you more insight on the national pledge Naomi.

Related: The Jamaican Anthem.
See Also: National Symbols of Jamaica.

Devin, for My-Island-Jamaica.com

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