NDC speaks out against misrepresentation of the national colours

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is reminding the nation that the national colours are “Red, Green and Gold” and not red, green and yellow, as currently being advertised locally.

Addressing the weekly NDC press conference in St. George’s Monday, the party’s Chairman, Vincent Roberts, said he has noticed in recent times the falsification of the Gold on the national Flag as the colour yellow, and this has become a trend that is becoming very bothersome.

“When we speak of our National Colours I am hearing it (the Gold) being referred to as yellow. There is an ad, and I am not speaking about the merit or the demerit of the ad, which appears to have been done by the NNP (New National Party), which proudly boasts of our national colours and it speaks of (them as being) red, green and yellow,” he told reporters.

Roberts also took issue with a song sung by a Grenadian artiste speaking of the achievements of the country’s Olympic star athlete Kirani James that has been uploaded to the Internet, which also “speaks of our National Colours as being red, green and yellow.”

He described the song as “a beautiful kind of soft calypso,” but expressed disappointment that it misrepresented the colour Gold as yellow.

“So I thought that I would bring this to our attention…it baffles me that as a people we don’t even know the colours of our flag.

“This is something we should take pride in and boast of our National Flag – Red, Green and Gold predominantly. So I would really appreciate it if we can correct others and see how we can correct it.

The Flag of Grenada was designed by Anthony C. George of Soubise, St. Andrew and was adopted on February 7, 1974 when the island received its political independence from the United Kingdom.

The National Flag is to be regarded as the sacred emblem of the nation to be paid due reverence and devotion by all its citizens.

The flag should never be allowed to touch the ground or floor nor should it be flown or used for purely decorative purposes on anything that is for temporary use and likely to be discarded, except on state occasions.

It should not be flown after sunset, except inside a building.

However, on important ceremonial occasions, the flag may be displayed in the open after sunset when it should be floodlit if possible.

Additionally, the National Flag should be flown on all government and municipal buildings and offices, on or near the main administrative building, but it is recommended if possible each day it should be lowered at sundown and raised at 8:00 a.m.

No other flag should be placed above or to the right of the Grenadian Flag, except at foreign embassies, consulates and missions.

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