There are unique features of a country which distinguishes it from the rest of the world. These may be represented in song, pictorial or natural specimens. Vincentians worldwide show their nationality and patriotism by proudly displaying or vocalizing the following which symbolizes their status and identity.
St. Vincent! Land so beautiful,
With joyful hearts we pledge to thee,
Our loyalty and love, and vow,
To keep you ever free.
Whateer the future brings,
Our faith will see us through,
May peace reign from shore to shore,
And God bless and keep us true.
Hairoun! Our fair and blessed isle,
Your mountains high, so clear and green,
Are home to me, though I may stray,
A haven, calm serene.
Our little sister islands are,
Those gems, the lovely Grenadines,
Upon their seas and golden sands,
The sunshine ever beams.
The flag of St. Vincent and the Grenadines was officially adopted on October 12, 1985. The green diamonds are shaped in a V for St. Vincent, and reflect the plural nature of the many islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. These gems define St. Vincent and the Grenadines as the gem of the Antilles. The blue represents the sky and sea. The gold is for warmth, the bright sprit of the people and the golden sands of the Grenadines. The green represents the lush vegetation of St. Vincents agriculture and the enduring vitality of the people. The flag is sometimes called The Gems.
The National Bird of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the St. Vincent Parrot (the Amazona Guildingii). It is the only type of parrot on the island and is a large beautiful coloured bird about 16-18 inches in length. The head is white, yellow and violet. The neck is mostly green, the body plumage is predominantly gold and brown washed with green. The wings are variegated and the tail green and violet blue, broadly tipped with yellow.
The National Dish of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is roasted breadfruit and Jack fish.
The National Flower of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the Soufriere Tree.
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