The Symbols of St. Vincent and the Grenadines


Symbols of St. Vincent and the GrenadinesThe Department of Culture as part of ongoing efforts to provide Vincentians with pertinent information on our history, heritage and folklore, has produced a new publication entitled: “The Symbols of St. Vincent and the Grenadines”. 

The booklet which was released to coincide with this country’s 31st anniversary of Independence celebrations contains information on official national symbols such as: the national flag, anthem, pledge and coat of arms. There is also the national flower, bird, dish, drink, the national stone, the national sea creature and our first national hero, the Rt. Excellent Joseph Chatoyer, paramount chief of the Caribs. 

A section of the booklet features persons who have held the position of Governor General from Sir Sydney Gun Munro in 1979 to the current incumbent Sir Frederick Ballantyne who was appointed in 2002. The country’s four prime ministers from the Rt. Hon. Robert Milton Cato, the father of the nation, to present Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves are also highlighted along with the logos of major national festivals. 


“The Symbols of St. Vincent and the Grenadines” which was prepared by Research officer Michael Peters is being distributed to all schools and educational institutions throughout the country as well as being available to the general public. It follows other publications such as: the Our Cultural Heritage series, Folk Song Book, patriotic songs, books on Fort Charlotte, the Botanic Gardens and the breadfruit produced by the Department of Culture over the years. 


SourceMichael S. Peters, Ministry of Culture, 29th October, 2010