Big celebrations as Jamaica marks 50th birthday.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC - In 1962, Jamaicans watched as the Union Jack was lowered and the black, green and gold flag of Jamaica hoisted to represent the birth of a new independent nation. Fifty years later the nation will remember that historic moment on Monday as Independence anniversary celebrations will be on in earnest.
Hundreds of Jamaicans who live overseas have already returned home to participate in not only independence celebrations but to witness the performance of Jamaican athletes at the London Olympic games.
The island is decked out in the colours of the flag – along sidewalks, light poles and billboards as patriotism sweeps the nation.
On Friday, those who stepped off the airplanes at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston were treated to a warm welcome from the mayor of Kingston, Angela Brown Burke who handed out welcome certificates to 50 Jamaicans.
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