On 1st March 1967, the island of Saint Lucia gained Associated Statehood with Great Britain. It was on this day that the Island’s flag designed by Sir Dunstan St. Omer was hoisted for the first time. The National Anthem, “Sons and Daughters of Saint Lucia”, words written by Father Charles Jesse and music composed by Sir Leton Thomas was also sung for the first time. The Coat of Arms designed by Sydney Bagshaw was also adopted for official use. It carried the motto, “The Land, The people, The Light.”
The National Archives together with the Folk Research Centre, the Governor General, as Chairperson of the Nobel Laureate Committee, Mr. Leton Thomas and the St. Omer family will be celebrating this momentous 50th Anniversary of the use of these special symbols at the National Archives, Vigie on Wednesday March 1st at 10:00am.