I pledge allegiance to my country Barbados and to my flag,
To uphold and defend their honour,
And by my living to do credit to my nation wherever I go

The National Pledge was written by Mr. Lester Vaughan, a former Teacher and Education Officer of Primary Schools.

In a competition which attracted 167 entrants Mr. Vaughans composition was chosen as the National Pledge. He was awarded a prize of $100.00. The choice of the National Pledge was announced on 2 April 1973 by the Hon. Erskine  Sandiford, then Minister of Education, Youth Affairs, Community Development and Sport.

Mr. Vaughan died on 16 September 2003. He was 92.