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what is the history behind the jamaican flag?

by McCorkle
(Rock Hill, South Carolina,USA)

QUESTION:

What is the history behind the Jamaican flag?
Was it in any battles or wars? What is the whole history behind the flag ?




ANSWER: by Wellesley Gayle

Hi McCorkle,

Regarding the history of the flag:

A bipartisan committee of the Jamaica House of Representatives designed the Jamaican Flag which consists of a diagonal cross with four triangles placed side by side.

The diagonal cross is gold; the top and bottom triangles are green; and the hoist and fly (side) triangles are black.

"The sun shineth, the land is green and the people are strong and creative" is the symbolism of the colours of the flag.

Black depicts the strength and creativity of the people; Gold, the natural wealth and beauty of sunlight; and green, hope and agricultural resources.

It was first raised on Independence Day, August 6, 1962. It signifies the birth of our nation. The flag brings to mind memories of past achievements and gives inspiration towards further success.

For more on the flag, please visit my Jamaica flag page.

I am not aware of the flag involved in any wars, but I leave the answer to others who might know a little more.

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