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Happy Independence Day Trinidad & Tobago

46 years ago today, we decided to go it alone. Make our own way as a country, free from any ties and obligations to any another.

We’re still  a young state, and still have a long way to go in terms of defending our right to exist and express our selves as Trinbagonians on the global stage. But we learning.

The national flag of Trinidad and Tobago being raised for the first time.

The national flag of Trinidad and Tobago being raised for the first time.

There’s a really interesting story of how the flag was raised. Apparently Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal was operating on “Trini time” and was running late. The ridiculously thick dress costumes the military wear was too much for Coast Guards man Rawle Coa to bear and he fainted while hoisting the flag.

Of course, the Doctor had to address us. As Prime Minister Dr Eric Williams asked,

“What use will you make of your independence? What will you transmit to your children five years from today? Other countries ceased to exist in that period. Some, in much less time, have become totally disorganised, a prey to anarchy and civil war.”

What use indeed?

Still, Trinidad is my land, and of it I am proud and glad. I couldn’t find The Mighty Sniper’s original recording; so click here for Byron’s remake, and click here for the lyrics.

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