Antigua & Barbuda Independence Day
Antigua and Barbuda gained Independence from Great Briton (England) on the 1st November 1981 retaining HM The Queen as its Head of State. She is represented by a Governor General HE Sir James Beethoven Carlisle, GCMG, OBE and Deputy Mrs. Yvonne Maginley. Fair Antigua and Barbuda is the official State anthem of Antigua.
Verse 1: Fair Antigua and Barbuda We thy sons and daughters stand, Strong and firm in peace or danger To safe guard our native land. We commit ourselves to building A true nation brave and free. Ever striving ever seeking Dwell in love and unity.
Verse 2: Raise the standard! Raise it boldly! Answer now to duty's call To the service of thy country, Sparing nothing, giving all; Gird your loins and join the battle 'Gainst fear, hate and poverty, Each endeavoring, all achieving, Live in peace where man is free.
Verse 3: God of nations, let Thy blessings Fall upon this land of ours; Rain and sunshine ever sending, Fill her fields with crops and flowers; We her children do implore Thee, Give us strength, faith, loyalty, Never failing, all enduring To defend her liberty.