will change my normal theme for this week's "Photo of the Week"
to a Image of the week. Today, November 3 is Panama's Independence
Day, celebrating 99 years of independence from Columbia. Of course,
as you all know, the United States was instrumental in the founding of
Panama by Teddy Roosevelt showing his strong arm tactics to take the
isthmus and build the canal.
little history lesson, this week's image is that of the coat of arms of
coat of arms approved in 1904, and that since then it was used officially,
has the following description:
"It rests on a green field, symbol of the vegetation; it is of
pointed form and it is intervened as far as the division. The center shows
the Isthmus with its seas and sky, in which the moon begins to rise above
the waves and the sun begins to hide behind the mountain, marking thereby
the solemn hour of the declaration of our independence. The head is
divided in two quarters: in the one of the right hand, in the silver
field, a sword and a gun are hung meant as abandonment for always to the
civil wars, causes of our ruin; in the one of the left-hand side, and on
field of gules, a crossed shovel and a grub hoe are shown shining, to
symbolize the work "
"The end of the coat of arms also is divided in two quarters: the one
of the right-hand side, in blue field, shows a cornucopia, emblem of the
wealth; and the one of the left-hand side, in field of silver, the winged
wheel, symbol of the progress. Behind the shield and covering it with his
opened wings, is the eagle, emblem of the sovereignty, the head turned
towards the left, and takes in the tip a silver tape, which hangs from
right to left. On the tape the following motto is printed "Pro Mundi
Beneficio " "On the eagle, in arc form, seven gold stars go in
representation of the provinces in which the Republic is divided. Like
decorative accessories, to each side of the coat of arms two gathered
national flags go on the other hand below" For thirty-seven years the
Coat of Arms of the Republic of Panama was not changed until the
Constitution of 1941 was promulgated. The National Assembly dictated in
March of this year Law 28 on the Coat of Arms, in which the following
reforms were introduced: the saber and the gun are meant as attitude of
alert in defense of our sovereignty, in the place of "abandonment to
mean good bye to the civil wars ". 311 projects appeared
to change the motto and the Jury named to make the selection decided for:
"Solo Dios sobre Nosotros" (Only God Above Us). Nevertheless,
the National Assembly when approving the Law 28 already referred to,
rejected it and preferred the one of "Justice, Honor and Freedom
". Five years later, in 1946, Panama returned to the old symbol
with the well-known motto of "Pro Mundi Beneficio
Independence Day Panama!!
to add to the excitement, the Panama Canal Society 2003 Reunion is themed
"Celebrating Panama's Centennial". A landmark show is
planned at the 2003 Reunion Luncheon called "100 Years of Songs"
that we all loved, sang and danced to. This production is by Bruce
Quinn and company...
of the Panama Canal Society can sign up with the forms in your December Canal
show will be the best ever!!