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Respect our flag, says Donald deCastro

December 1st, 2011 | Tags: Parade Local Donald deCastro Flag respect
Mr. deCastro says that it is disrespectful that persons do not respect the flags of the Territory.
Donald DeCastro
Donald DeCastro
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - According to Map of the World, flags are an important aspect of the official identity of a country. The significance of it lies in the fact that it is a symbolic representation of the identity of a country or the idea or ideal of a nation. A flag is much more than a decorative piece. The flags of nations should be treated with respect and honour.

Radio host and public activist Donald deCastro could not agree more with these statements.

According to Mr. deCastro, it is a shame that Virgin Islanders themselves do not seem to have much respect for the flag unlike other nationals who fly their flags proudly at every opportunity. He lamented too that Government has not been pushing to make people more aware and respectful of the flag as a means of promoting VI pride.

“I cannot recall the last time I have seen either the Union Jack or the Virgin Islands flag flown on the Police Headquarters. The old administration building now occupied by the registrar of the Supreme Court does not fly the flag, the flags now flying at the Commercial Court have not been lowered in months, as a matter of fact not since last year about September,” deCastro had noted in a letter to the Deputy Governor’s Office in January.

The outspoken deCastro had written the letter asking for information as it relates to the Virgin Islands flag such as government buildings the flag is required to be flown along with the days and times; who is responsible for the raising and lowering of the flag?; if and when foreign governments and organizations are permitted to fly their flags and what requirements and permission is needed and from whom; and the requirements for individual Virgin islanders or belongers to fly flags at their private homes or businesses.

He had also stated that a few years ago when Usain Bolt of Jamaica broke the 100 metres World Record, he was told that there was a parade of Jamaicans led by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) and there were only Jamaica flags paraded. “If this is true wouldn’t they have needed permission to hold such a parade and wouldn’t it have been mandatory for one or both of our flags to head the parade?” deCastro asked.

A disappointed deCastro told Virgin Islands News Online that he only received a response from the Deputy Governor’s Office in July and it was not very helpful. “As far as we have found out, there are no laws or general regulations on the flying of flags in the Territory,” the letter stated.

The correspondence did state though that the DG’s Office was thankful for deCastro drawing attention to the “situation pertaining to flying flags on Government building. Your queries have highlighted the need for more specific procedures to be put in place to govern the flying of flags in the Territory. In preparing these procedures, we will take into consideration the points listed in your correspondence”, the letter, signed by Permanent Secretary David Archer, stated.

Nevertheless, Mr. deCastro pledges to continue to press for the Virgin Islands flags to get its “due respect”.

18 Responses to “Respect our flag, says Donald deCastro ”

  • go nothing for the people (01/12/2011, 09:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    But Donald with the island man party-NDP in with their wives and husband from all over the place do you think they care about our flag??????, I think not! They care more about the flags from Jamaica, Antigua, St. Vincent, Anguilla, St. Kitts and Nevis and of the States…that is what you get for voting for an NDP government! No national pride, they do not care about the BVI, as they cannot!!!! there interest is to their home countries listed about and that is a fact bossman…..
    • billyb (01/12/2011, 11:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      what flying a flag has to do with NDP or VIP, you ole stupid arse. Did VIP fly it when they were in??? Start blogging something with sense for once.
    • TheEducator (01/12/2011, 13:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Island man NDP party? Why are you talking like the Virgin Islands doesn't consist of islands? You do know Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda etc. are islands right? Therefor any man from Tortola is an Island man. Stop making yourself look silly.
    • Crank Shaft (01/12/2011, 13:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      LOL!! I thought the sour grapes were spoiled by now? Almost a month since that ass-whooping and you still here talking hogwash? It didn't work during the campaign so what's your point? LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL!! If you look around this country you will see that majority of BVIslanders have ties to people from other islands and countries, that's a given you jacka$$$!!! The people have spoken, DEAL WITH IT!!!! LOL!!
      • high hope (01/12/2011, 16:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        you the one that could not beat frazer and sad and mad as hell....frazer all the way bossman
  • jokers (01/12/2011, 09:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    • TheEducator (01/12/2011, 13:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      *Shakes Head* Do you know how IGNORANT you sound right now? Please don't be from Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda or Jost Van Dyke.
  • egg face (01/12/2011, 10:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    good point decasteo...let's hope something is done for the indigenous people of deeds islands
    • Crank Shaft (01/12/2011, 13:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Something needs to be done about your spelling! It's 'these' not 'deeds' LMFAO!!!!!
  • Cheeching (01/12/2011, 11:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I know we have a flag with St. Ursula and her 11 virgins on our flag and the union jack, but we the people of the Virgin Islands need a flag that depicts something about us as a people. We don't know who St. Ursula was and maybe we need to revisit the idea of what flag should be our official flag in the Virgin Islands. St. Ursula certainly should not be it.
  • TheEducator (01/12/2011, 13:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with Mr. deCastro. Its sad really. A lot of people in the Virgin Islands just aren't very patriotic at all. You even see people from here with the 'Virgin Islands of the United States' flag, but our OWN flag is no where to be found. Those people are sell outs.
  • National Pride (01/12/2011, 15:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Decastro you are absolutely correct. Unfortunately, somewhere along the line we have dropped the ball on our patriotic duties. Consequently, we take more pride in identify ourselves as St. Thomians or some other US identity. Additionally, with the influence of so many other cultures impacting our island, it seems as if we do not know who we are and suffers from identity confusion. I have had numerous debates with BV Islanders on this same issue. The problems as I see it stems from the lack of installation of pride in our children. Many of us do not learn that much about our beautiful islands in the home or at school. As a result, our children are grossly uneducated about these beautiful islands and where their allegiance lies; Hence, the identity with the US culture. One commenter stated "It’s sad really. A lot of people in the Virgin Islands just aren’t very patriotic at all. You even see people from here with the ‘Virgin Islands of the United States’ flag, but our own flag is nowhere to be found. " Another spoke to the fact that "We don’t know who St. Ursula was and maybe we need to revisit the idea of what flag should be our official flag in the Virgin Islands." These comments go to the heart of the problem. We are definitely in need of an organization(s) that promote cultural awareness; who will lobby the government to implement curriculums in our schools that educate our children about our history extensively throughout the primary and high school years. Cultural events such as the one recently and our festival celebration should reinforce cultural and national pride.
  • Anonymous (02/12/2011, 08:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Honor the flag that has terrorized the world since the middle ages? Not I. Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels
  • To The Point (02/12/2011, 21:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    1) Give people their belongers and more VI flags will be waved. As expats will find new pride to where they have lived all these years. 2) Why they should be a law for waving or raising flags? Mr. Decastro? are you saying when their is a sporting match, sea vessel, tramp, concert, diplomatic event etc... people not from the virgin islands all have to ask for permission to make use of a flag? come on maaaaannnnn, what ya thinking?
  • under the rock (04/12/2011, 00:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    with a man from down island as the minister of culturel how can they ever respect our flag?????....strupppssss

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