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Respect symbols

Published:Monday | April 16, 2012 | 12:00 AM


In a few months, Jamaicans, locally and in the diaspora, will celebrate a milestone: our country's 50th year of Independence.

Naturally, such celebrations suggest and encompass an awareness of Brand Jamaica, and similarly, an increase in patriotism. For children, especially, this means identifying with national symbols.

One of the most easily recognisable symbols is the Jamaican flag. When we allow our national symbols to be misrepresented, as was done at the recent swearing-in of councillors in St James, we are merely communicating to the children of Jamaica that it is okay to show disregard both for our country and our heritage.

Is this the message that we, a nation on the brink of a 50th celebration of postcolonialism, seek to portray? I hope not.

As Jamaicans, let us use this opportunity to promote among our youth respect and pride for our national symbols as we celebrate our 50th anniversary.