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The Grenada National Flag

Grenada National Flag

Anthony C. George designed the National Flag of Grenada which was officially adopted on February 7, 1974. Designer George is from Soubise, St. Andrew, Grenada.

The National Flag of Grenada was designed as a emblem of the nation:

The Color Red: Represents fervor, courage, vitality, and burning aspiration. The red border represents dedication to preserve harmony and unity of spirit.

The Color Green: Symbolizes fertility of the land, lush vegetation and agriculture.

The Color Gold/Yellow: Gold is the color of wisdom; the warm sunshine and people of Grenada, the islands in the sun.

The Nutmeg: Represents the economic crop of Grenada, and Grenada as the Isle of Spice. Note that the core of the nutmeg in the official National Flag is the color orange, not black. The nutmeg is within the left side green triangle on the flag.

Six of the [7] Gold Stars stand for the six parishes of Grenada, listed below in alphabetical order:

  1. St. Andrew
  2. St. David
  3. St. George
  4. St. John
  5. St. Mark
  6. St. Patrick

Symbolic representation, in the Grenadian National Flag, of the islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique has a presence only if you conclude that the seven stars, in all, count 6 parishes and Carriacou/Petite Martinique. Historically, the center star represented the capital city, St. George's, though other research has found the middle star stands for the sister islands.

Arguments have been made to the contrary about the meaning of the middle star. One useful argument is to think about Eric Gairy's predeliction for numerology [the number 7], his use of symbols and his 'trade mark' of a star [the Grenada United Labor Party, GULP] logo. Include Gairy's distaste for power in the 'big' city of St. George's and the nagging situation of the Grenada National Party's [GNP] Political Leader Herbert Augustus Blaize being from the sister isle of Carriacou

One possible way for clarify and define all locations of Grenada would be that four stars on top and four stars on the bottom would be changed to include not only the 6 parishes, plus one additional star for Carriacou and another additional star for Petite Martinique. The central gold star could be symbolic of the unity of the nation.

The flag was designed during Gairy-time. A symbol of the Grenada United Labour Party [GULP], Gairy's party, was the star; thus, the prevalence of stars. Reports are that designer Anthony George said his original design contained only one star in the middle, but the Flag Committee wanted the six additional stars added, following the request of Sir Eric.

The Grenada National Emblem

A visual history was researched and produced by Presentation Association for Life and Service [PALS] of Presentation Brothers College [PBC] in 2011 of National Emblems of Grenada and National Emblems of Grenada II and Seals and Flags of Colonial Grenada


I pledge allegiance to my flag
And to the country for which it stands
With liberty, justice and equality for all.
I pledge also that I shall defend
And uphold with honour,
the dignity and laws and
Institutions of my country

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