(SNO) — The government of Saint Lucia is making moves towards standardizing the true colors, shape and size of the island’s national flag.
Head of the island’s Independence40 Committee, Tony Nicholas, said the external affairs ministry has been discussing the true colors of the island’s flag.
He said a document is now being put together with the intent of taking it to cabinet where the true colors of the flag will be legislated.
“Anybody who is importing, they must import that specific color and if it arrives here, customs has a right to seize it if it is not the correct color,” Nicholas explained.
He stated that the color is not the only matter being discussed but the size and the shape of the flag as well.
“That’s a discussion we are having, moving forward,” Nicholas said.
According to a website operated by the government of Saint Lucia, the national flag was designed by local artist Dunstan St. Omer.
The dimensions of the national flag shall be in the following proportions: 6’x3′ and 9″x4½”
According to the website, the meaning of the flag and its colors are as follows:
– Cerulean Blue represents fidelity. This blue reflects our tropical sky and also our emerald surrounding waters — the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
– Gold represents the prevailing sunshine in the Caribbean and prosperity.
– Black and white stand for the cultural influences — the white part, the white culture; the black part, the black culture — the two races living and working in unity.
– The design impresses the dominance of the Negro culture vis-à-vis that of Europe, against a background of sunshine and ever-blue sea. This is represented by the three triangles in the centre of the flag, symbolising three pitons.
– The Triangle, the shape of which is an isosceles triangle, is reminiscent of the island’s famous twin Pitons at Soufriere, rising sheer out of the sea, towards the sky — themselves, a symbol of the hope and aspirations of the people.