Last year’s Territory Day saw the unveiling of the Territorial symbols and this year was no different as Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn announced on 30 June that strides to foster Territorial pride continues with consultation on the ‘Territorial’ Sport.
During his Territory Day remarks, Hon. Walwyn stated that the Ministry is currently consulting with the public to select a Territorial Sport. The Minister explained that a Territorial Sport is a sport that is considered to be an intrinsic part of the culture of a nation or Territory.
Hon. Walwyn said that it is his Ministry’s aim that at the end of the public consultation, the Territorial sport will be approved in the House of Assembly. “We ask that the public will share their views and make suggestions so that the chosen sport aptly reflects the views of the majority,” he said.
The Territorial symbols were unveiled to the public on 1 July 2013 at a ceremony that was held in observance of Territory Day at the Noel Lloyd Positive Actions Movement Park. Prior to his unveiling of the symbols Hon. Walwyn told the gathering: “It is important that as a community we unite behind the identity of the Virgin Islands. Today’s presentation will highlight the significance of signs and symbols that embody the experience of generations of Virgin Islanders. These signs and symbol will formally represent who we are as a people at home and in the international community.”
The Culture Minister stated that in addition to the—Territorial Dress and the Territorial Song Oh Beautiful Virgin Islands which were both adopted on 24 July, 2012; the Territory now has: “A Territorial tree which is the White Cedar; and Hon. Walwyn explained that the White Cedar was once used to make the famous Virgin Islands sloops. The Territorial Flower is the White Cedar Flower born from the Territorial Tree. The Territorial Bird remains the Turtle Dove. The Territorial Dish is Fungi and Fish which represents the fishing culture of forefathers.
It was disclosed that the territorial symbols were born from a survey that was done in 2009 and later commissioned in 2012.