Happy Independence Day! November 30th is with us again, but as we celebrate let us also think of protecting our heritage.

Barbados has made great strides forward, but are we on a secure path? Can we depend on our leadership?

The national anthem of Barbados is a stirring composition that espouses noble ideals. The author of these words, Irving Burgie, challenged us as a Nation, but are our politicians “crafting” a Barbados in line with these ideals? Let’s take a look:

“These fields and hills beyond recall
Are now our very own”

When Barbados became independent from Britain, there was a sense of empowerment. Bajans were truly in charge. In the past several years many developments have been designed for and marketed to non-nationals. Are Barbados “fields and hills” still the Bajans’ “very own”? Mr. Burgie’s words “beyond recall” does not imply that the title deeds cannot be found as in the case of many scandals today.

“Strict guardians of our heritage
Firm craftsmen of our fate”

I don’t think anyone would describe Bajan politicians as “strict guardians”, but are they “firm craftsmen”? (I don’t think Mr. Burgie was referring to the Masonic Craft.) Are the politicians steering Barbados in the right direction?

“The Lord has been the people’s guide”

Are Barbadian politicians a Godly bunch? Are they following the teachings of the Holy Bible? If they are not, the growth of our nation will suffer. We need good leadership for this to happen:

“And greater will our nation grow
In strength and unity”


 Source Barbados.org

THE NATIONAL ANTHEM OF BARBADOS

In plenty and in time of need
When this fair land was young
Our brave forefathers sowed the seed
From which our pride is sprung
A pride that makes no wanton boast
Of what it has withstood
That binds our hearts from coast to coast
The pride of nationhood

Chorus:
We loyal sons and daughters all
Do hereby make it known
These fields and hills beyond recall
Are now our very own
We write our names on history’s page
With expectations great,
Strict guardians of our heritage
Firm craftsmen of our fate

The Lord has been the people’s guide
For past three hundred years
With him still on the people’s side
We have no doubts or fears
Upward and onward we shall go
Inspired, exulting, free
And greater will our nation grow
In strength and unity

Lyrics By: Irving Burgie.