Our flag flew high and voices sang
To greet our Independence Day.
Long road from Kalinago’s Camerhogne
Before the French held total sway.
Today our faces beam with pride
And hands held in patriotic grip
The road to self-determined height
Our heroes kept in their sight.
A dream they had of a future bright
When autonomy will mark the day
And Grenadians would assume the reigns
European Countries previously claimed.
Seventh of February Nineteen Seventy-four
A new nation then was born
Documented in the history books
So our children now can look.
They can read about William Galwey Donovan
And Theophilus Marryshow
Pillars of the integrated song
Still a hope was harbored long.
Other leaders we must lift up high
Eric Gairy helped pave the way
From darkness into the marvelous light
With God’s help, a future bright.
Kalinago….Name for the Caribs, early inhabitants of Grenada.
Camerhogne..The name the Caribs called Grenada
European countries previous claimed…Spain, France, and England.
French……Ruled Grenada for over 112 years
7th February 1974…Grenada gained Independence
William Galwey Donovan. Grenadian who led a movement against Crown Colony rule.
Theophilus Albert Marryshow..Known as the father of West Indian Federation which was formed in 1958 but ended in 1962.
Eric Matthew Gairy…Grenada’s first Prime Minister (1974)
From darkness into the Marvelous light..
‘Clarior e tenebris’ which translates “Brighter out of darkness,”
© 2015 Wendell DeRiggs