On Monday August 6,
2012, Jamaica will celebrate Independence Day. This year marks 50 years
since this diverse island nation adopted a new constitution that not only
acknowledged its people's varied backgrounds but their potential as leaders. As
many Jamaicans at home and abroad countdown and gear up for this grand
occasion, let us take a walk down memory lane and visualize how this wonderful
country became independent.
“On August 6, 1962,
Jamaica became an independent nation and a member of the British Commonwealth.”
The word Independence means freedom from control, influence, support, and aid.
Independence for Jamaica meant that Britain no longer controlled the affairs
of the country. It was now the responsibility of the newly elected Prime
Minister and the locally elected Cabinet. Independence also meant that a
constitution, symbols, emblems, an army, Jamaican currency and passports had to
be developed for the country.
With independence came a new flag; the ubiquitous green, black, and gold — one of the most identifiable national emblems in the world today. The sun shineth, the land is green and the people are strong and creative." That's the symbolism behind the colours of the flag.
responsibility as an Independent nation, Jamaica would assign Ambassadors
overseas to represent the country. These ambassadors would sign treaties on
behalf of Jamaica and become members of various international organisations.
This is of great significance as it gives Jamaica equal rights on various
issues relating to international trade, policies, and treaties.
Jamaica has come far way since 1962.
Jamaica boasts exquisite flora and fauna, white sandy beaches, vibrant music and dance, outstanding
athletes, and many other attributes that earn us respect and love regionally and internationally.
The August 6 celebration signifies the removal of our dependence on Britain to control specific functions of the country. Hence during this time, Jamaicans at home and aboard honour our stalwarts who are responsible for the transference of power. Independence Day celebrations are not just about the folk songs, and national colours. It represents a great sense of national pride.
are on a mission. We are determined to show our talents and hidden abilities.
Join us at the National Stadium on August 6, 2012 where we will join our fellow Jamaicans in celebrating Jamaica's golden jubilee.