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Posted on: May 3, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Annual Haitian Flag Raising Ceremony

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Mayor Michele Delisfort and the Township Committee are excited to announce the upcoming Haitian Flag Raising Ceremony on Thursday, May 16th starting at 5pm in the front of Town Hall!

The Township of Union, along with the Union Haitian American Civic Association, is hosting our Annual Haitian Flag Raising Ceremony on Thursday, May 16th from 5pm to 6pm in front of Town Hall. 

UHACA will be hosting a brief reception to follow the ceremony. For more details, call James Louis at 732.766.3560 or Nadege Ricketts at 973.951.7935.

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.

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