UNION, NJ - The Township of Union, in connection with the Union Haitian American Civic Association are proud to be celebrating Haitian Flag Day with a Flag Raising Ceremony at Town Hall on Wednesday, May 18th at 4:45 p.m.

“Haitian culture is rich with color, diversity and pride,” said Committeewoman Michele Delisfort. “We hope that all the members of our community-regardless of ethnicity- will come out to celebrate a day that is so important to many of their friends and neighbors.”

The Haitian flag has long been a symbol of pride for Haiti. Haitian Flag Day is all about celebrating the culture and heritage of the Haitian flag, which is emblazoned with the country’s coat of arms and the colors red and blue, adopted from the French flag. 

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The Haitian flag as it’s known today first came into use in 1806. The story behind the flag’s red-and-blue backdrop is that Jean-Jacques Dessalines, a leader in the Haitian Revolution against France, removed the white in the French flag to symbolize an end to European influence. The blue is said to represent the former African slaves who were brought to Haiti by the country’s colonial rulers. The red stands for people of mixed ancestry.

The event will feature a Flag Raising Ceremony, along with music and light refreshments afterwards.

For additional information on the Haitian Flag Day celebration, please contact Natalie Pineiro, Public Information Officer, Township of Union, at 908-851-5096 or via email at npineiro@uniontownship.com.