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THE TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO FLAG


ITS MEANING




Designed by the Independence Committee and selected to be used as the National Flag in 1962.

The color Red represents the "vitality of the land and its people; it is the warmth and energy of the sun, the courage and friendliness of the people." The color White represents "the sea by which these lands are bound: the cradle of our heritage; the purity of our aspirations and the equality of all men under the sun." The color Black represents "the dedication of the people joined together by one strong bond. It is the colour of strength, of unity, of purpose and of the wealth of the land.

 

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO'S COAT OF ARMS


ITS MEANING



The Coat of Arms of Trinidad and Tobago was designed by a committee formed in 1962. Notably, the committee included noted artist Carlyle Chang and designer George Bailey.


The Birds represented  are the Scarlet Ibis, the Cocrico (native to Tobago) and the Hummingbird. The three ships represent the Trinity as well as the three ships of Columbus. The three Peaks were principal motifs of Trinidad's early British Colonial Seals and Flag-Badges.  The fruited Coconut Palm dates back to the great seals of British Colonial Tobago in the days when the Island was a separate administrative unit.


The  Motto: "Together we aspire, Together we achieve."

 



TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO'S NATIONAL ANTHEM



NOTES



Forged from the love of liberty,

In the fires of hope and prayer,

With boundless faith in our Destiny,

We solemnly declare,

Side by side we stand,

Islands of the blue Caribbean Sea,

This our Native Land,

We pledge our lives to Thee,

Here every creed and race finds an equal place,

And may God bless our Nation,

Here every creed and race finds an equal place,

And may God bless our Nation.







Words and music by Patrick S. Castagne.



The anthem was the winner of a competition held by the government.




TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO’S

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