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GUYANA'S SYMBOLS OF NATIONHOOD


THE GUYANA FLAG


ITS MEANING








Guyana's Flag is also called The Golden Arrowhead. It has 5 symbolic colors. GREEN represents the agricultural and forested nature of Guyana, WHITE symbolizes the rivers and water potential of the country, a GOLDEN arrow represents Guyana's mineral wealth, BLACK symbolizes endurance and RED represents the zeal and dynamism.

 



GUYANA'S COAT OF ARMS


ITS MEANING




The Amerindian-style headdress symbolizes the Amerindians - Guyana's indigenous people. The two diamonds in the head-dress - the country's mining industry. The helmet is the monarchical insignia. Two jaguars, one with a pick-axe, another with a sugar-cane and a stalk of rice symbolize labor and the two main agricultural industries of Guyana-Sugar and Rice. The protective Shield is decorated with the National flower, the Victoria Amazonia Lily; three blue wavy lines representing the many waters of Guyana; and the Canje Pheasant, a rare bird found mainly in this part of the world. The Banner, carries Guyana's motto: One people, One nation One Destiny.

 




GUYANA'S NATIONAL ANTHEM



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Dear land of Guyana, of rivers and plains,

Made rich by the sunshine, and lush by the rains,

Set gem-like and fair between mounts and sea-

Your children salute you. dear land of the free.


Green land of Guyana, our heroes of yore,

Both bondsman and free, laid their bones on your shore,

This soil so they hallowed, and from them are we,

All sons of one mother, Guyana the free


Great land of Guyana, diverse though our strains,

We are born of their sacrifice, heirs of their pains,

And ours is the glory their eyes did not see -

One Land of six peoples, united and free.


Dear Land of Guyana, to you will we give

Our homage, our service each day that we live;

God guard you, great Mother, and make us to be

More worthy our heritage - land of the free.





Words by A. L. Luker

Music by R. C. G. Potter




NATIONAL PLEDGE




I pledge myself to honor always the Flag of Guyana,

and to be loyal to my country,

to be obedient to the laws of Guyana,

to love my fellow citizens,

and to dedicate my energies towards

the happiness and prosperity of Guyana.