IN the run-up to the 40th Anniversary of Independence, The Tribune is looking at the country’s National Symbols, starting with the flag.
THE flag was adopted on July 10, 1973. The colours embodied in its design symbolise the image and aspirations of the people of The Bahamas; the design reflects aspects of the natural environment (sun, sand, and sea) and the economic and social development.
The flag is a black equilateral triangle against the mast, superimposed on a horizontal background made up of two colours on three equal stripes of aquamarine, gold and aquamarine.
The symbolism of the flag is as follows: Black represents the vigour and force of a united people, the triangle pointing towards the body of the flag represents the enterprise and determination of The Bahamian people to develop and possess the rich resources of sun and sea symbolised by gold and aquamarine.
For a funeral, the National Flag should be draped over the coffin covering the top completely but not covering the bearers. The black triangle on the flag should be placed over the head of the deceased in the coffin. The flag should remain on the coffin throughout the whole service and removed right before lowered into the grave. Upon removal of the flag it should be folded and put away. The black triangle should never be displayed pointing upwards or from the viewer’s right.
This would be a sign of distress.