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Sep 1, 2017

Darrell Bradley Raises the Belizean flag at Roundabout

It’s the first of September, which, for most, is the start of the national celebrations. And fittingly, it has been officially designated as Flag Day in Belize. It is not a holiday, but a day set aside to showcase the Belizean flag. The National Celebrations Commission partnered with municipalities across the country to build civic awareness and patriotism through the national Flag Day. So, this morning at six, most municipalities unveiled a flag monument with a plaque detailing the description of the Belizean Flag. As the flag was raised in Belize City this morning, Mayor Darrell Bradley gave a brief but spirited presentation on the significance of our flag. Here’s a look at what took place.


Darrell Bradley

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“What we do here this morning is very significant in the annals of our history. That we are raising twenty three flags as a symbol to all people in our city and our country that we are a free nation. The flag is a symbol of Belizean sovereignty and unity, first and foremost. The fact that we have a flag means that we are an independent, sovereign and free nation. And so we should honor and respect what the flag symbolizes that engenders pride, heritage and culture. It symbolizes unity of all Belizeans that we come together amidst politic divide, amidst our ethnic difference, or geographic differences or economic differences but that at a core we are all Belizeans. We are all one people and we can look to our flag with pride to represent each and one of us, young and old.  I also want to emphasize that the flag is a calling to all of usas Belizeans that we need to do more for our country; that we need to carry the flag in our heart and we need to be true Belizeans acting like the Baymen, acting like the forefathers of our country who paved the way for our independence; acting like George Price, Philip Goldson and other leaders of our country to rise to the challenge to defend our patrimony; to defend the territorial integrity of Belize. To defend Belize against all struggles internal and external, that we celebrate our country’s freedom by acting like true Belizeans.  So that as we raise these twenty three flags together publicly and as we show this outward sign of independence, freedom and sovereignty, I call on all people gathered here and all Belizeans in our country and throughout the world, to carry the flag in your heart to represent that each and every one of you are Belizeans and that you are proud of our nation and you will work hard to make her greater every single day.”

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