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The flag is vertically blue yellow green 1:2:1, with three
green diamonds. Diamonds are said to represent that islands
are “gems of Antilles”. The flag was introduced in 1985.
Zeljko Heimer, 29 Jan 1996
After a local competition failed to produce a satisfactory
design, the problem was submitted to a Swiss graphic artist
who suggested what is now the current design.
Ivan Sache, 31 Jan 2000, quoting from [udk97]
The present flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines came into use officially on Monday October 21, 1985. That morning there was a ceremony at the War Memorial in Kingston to mark the change over. According a leaflet, produced in 1985 at the Government Printing Office in Kingston, the symbolism of the flag is as follows:
The green diamonds are shaped in a V for St. Vincent, and reflect the plural nature of the many islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. These gems define St. Vincent and the Grenadines as the gems of the Antilles. The Blue represents the sky and sea. the gold is for warmth, the bright spirit of the people and the golden sands of the Grenadines. The Green represents the lush vegetation of St. Vincent's agriculture and the enduring vitality of the people. The Flag may be called “The gems”.Jos Poels 03 Dec 1996
The Grenadines consist of two groups, the Northern and the Southern
Grenadines; the latter belong to Grenada, among which are Carriacou,
Petite Martinique, Diamind island, Ronde island, Les Tantes, Caille
island, London Bridge island, The Sisters, Green island, Bird island. In
total there are c. 600 Grenadines. 34,5 sq. km. belong to
Grenada; 45,3 sq. km. to St. Vincent.
(source: Fischer Weltalmanach 2000)
Jarig Bakker, 03 Feb 2000