THE NATIONAL ANTHEM Timothy Gibson, M.B.E., was born in Savannah Sound, Eleuthera on April 12th 1903.

His song writing began with "Nassau Calling" in 1938. Other greats he has written are "Sailor Prince", Your Majesty", Hail Princess Britannia", Beautiful Bahamas", Fairest Land on Earth and "March on Bahama Land". In November, 1972, the submission of Mr. Timothy Gibson entitled "March on Bahama Land" written in 1969, was declared the National Anthem for The Bahamas. Mr. Gibson passed on but left us a legend: "Lift up your head to the rising sun/ March on Bahama Land" Coat of Arms: What is a Coat of Arms? It is a badge, a mark or a sign of identity. It is a legitimate stamp of authority. It is a distinction of honor. It is a National Symbol. The fundamental parts of a Coat of Arms are: The shield upon which the charges are placed; the crest, the Supporters, the Helmet and its mantling, and the, motto. At the base of the compartment is a scroll upon which is inscribe the National Motto: "Forward, Upward, Onward, Together" The new Coat of Arms officially replaced the old one, which was granted by Royal Warrant June 5th, 1959. It is a distinguished concept of the Bahamian people, conceived for the Bahamian People, by a native son of the Bahamian people and approved by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on December 7th ,1971 for the immediate use of the Bahamian People and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Mr. Hervis L. Bain junior designed the National Coat of Arms. He is a graduate of St. Johns College, Nassau and the Nova Scotia College of Art. He is also a graduate of the Art Administration Institute of Harvard University. Mr. Bain is a recognized artist whose works have been exhibited in Canada, United States of America, Mexico and the Caribbean. And so, it can be seen ~hat the conch shell, the palm leaves the sun, the historic ship, the blue marlin, and flamingo are common

experiences for all Bahamians and being so-they can exist as relevant symbols for the Bahamas and the Bahamian people.
National Flag: The British Blue Ensign with the

Flag of the islands emblazoned on the center of the flag within a white circle was the official flag of the Bahamas. A competition for the design of a new flag for the Bahamas was held in 1971. November 14th 1972 Cabinet approved the design of the flag now in use. A black equilateral triangle against the mast super impose on a horizontal background made up of two colours on three equal strips, aquamarine, gold and aquamarine. The symbolism of the national flag is explained accordingly: Black, a strong colour represents the vigour and force of the 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 the land and sea symbolized by gold and aquamarine respectively. The colours of the flag are symbolic of our bright region, of our land sea and sun.
National Flower - Yellow Elder: The Yellow

Elder (Tecoma Stans: or Stenolobium) is the National Flower of the Bahamas. It was chosen as the National Flower because it is said to be unique only to the Bahamas; and that it blooms through out the year. It is a tubular shaped yellow flower with delicate red stripes on each petal.One of the most densely populated constituencies in New Providence Is the "Yellow Elder" Constituency that was named in honor of the Nationai Flower. National Bird - the Flamingo: The Flamingo is no ordinary bird. It has long slender legs that pace regularly, a curving swan-like neck and feathers of the most delicate pink. A few of these birds can still be seen on the western side of Andros, known as Grassy Creek, but lnagua has a Flamingo rookery of approximately 25,000 to 30,000 birds. Also in New Providence it is a tourist attraction at the Ardastra Gardens where they perform daily

shows. The Flamingo is the National Bird of the Bahamas. It is pictured on the Coat of Arms and on the Bahamian Dollar Note.
National Tree - Lignum Vitea: The Lignum

Vitae, or tree of life, is the National Tree of the Bahamas. It is the heaviest of all woods with clusters of small blue flowers at the branch tips. The wood is used for timber for boat (e.g. in Andros); the bark and roots are used for medicine and the branches are used as feed for live stock. A few years ago, when the Pope visited the Bahamas, he was presented with a fashionable staff, made from Lignum Vitae wood. The Blue Marlin, the National Fish of the Bahamas, is the pride of the Bahamian Fishing Banks and is one of the main tourist attractions in the Bimini area. It is awe-inspiring when hooked. The record Marlin for 130 pound line is 742 pounds. This fish was caught off Bimini. For a long time most fishermen thought that the eastern edge of the gulf Stream off Bimini, Cat Cay, Grand Bahama and Walker's Cay was the only area in the Bahamian Waters in which the fighting blues abound. Recently, they have been caught in the tongue of the Ocean off Andros Town; in the North west Providence Channel beside Chub Cay in the Berry Islands; Off Abaco and near Harbour Island; and off the coast of the lower side if Eleuthera. In beauty and flight the Big Blue Marlin is the ace of all game fish. It takes know-how and right rigs to hook them, strength and skill to boat them. They are caught throughout the Bahamas, and the peak season is from June through August. The Blue Marlin can be seen on the Bahamian National Coat of Arms and also on the One Hundred Dollar Note.