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Burgie: Don’t just stand, sing the Anthem

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Burgie: Don’t just stand, sing the Anthem

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BARBADIANS HAVE BEEN praised for the progress they have made since 1966.

Irving Burgie, the man who penned the National Anthem, said that in comparison to countries such as the United States, which gained its Independence in 1776 but only received its own national anthem hundreds of years after, Barbados got there immediately.

“Really, when you speak about it, the main features that a nation has all over the world are its anthem and its flag, and Barbados is no different . . . . [And] you have to realise that Barbados is a very young nation. You might even consider in many cases you are ahead of the game,” he said.

Burgie was speaking on Monday at the launch of the #246Anthem initiative, a project launched by James Wilson of Downes & Wilson Funeral Home. The idea behind the campaign is for the singing of the Barbados’ National Anthem to go viral. (TSG)

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