McClean sees broken trident as symbol of patriotism
Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator Maxine McClean today presented the commemorative broken trident as a symbol of nationalism, saying she was hoping it would ignite a greater sense of patriotism in Barbadians.
McClean, chairperson of the committee tasked with coordinating events for the 50th anniversary Independence, received the broken trident this morning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Culloden Road, St Michael.
Speaking at a brief ceremony the minister said the broken trident represented Barbados’ transition from colonialism to nationhood and allegiance to the country.
“It is my wish that this simple symbolic act of receiving and displaying the commemorative broken trident ignites in all of us a general sense or greater sense of patriotism as we continue to be loyal sons and daughters and firm craftsmen of our fate,” she stated.
She added that the magnetic power and emotional appeal of the commemorative trident were evident during the recently held Diaspora conference.
“This very successful conference afforded those present the opportunity to see and reflect on the importance of the broken trident and make pledges.
“This was a major interest to Barbadians across the Diaspora, in fact they came from as far as Nigeria and Kenya and as near home as the islands of CARICOM [the Caribbean Community],” McClean added.
The commemorative broken trident was first handed over by Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave on November 30, 2015, signalling the start of the Carrying of Pride programme.
It has since travelled across the country, starting on January 6, 2016 when it was handed over to the St George parish ambassadors, and has been to eight parishes.