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What Does the Haitian Flag Mean to Me?

5.16.2016

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serge-renaud

Assistant Editor

As a little girl, I had always been fascinated by the history of the flag, and by our national motto written in the flag’s coat of arms: “L’Union Fait La Force” (Through unity comes Strength). However, it was not until my adulthood that I truly understood what the Haitian flag means to me.

Colts Wide Receiver, Pierre Garcon Photo Credit: Andrew Mills, The Star Ledger

Colts Wide Receiver, Pierre Garcon
Photo Credit: Andrew Mills, The Star Ledger

The Haitian flag:

  1. Allows me to represent myself.
  2. Serves as my identity to others.
  3. Defines me through my values and my culture.
  4. Is my pride.

I am proud to have been born and raised in the first black independent country in the world. When I walk down the street and see the Haitian Flag in front of buildings, in people’s cars, it genuinely brings a smile to my face. Although I am not “home”, I know that I will never be too far away from it.

The Haitian Flag to me means that I am Haitian. A proud woman from a small island in the Western Hemisphere; a resilient island filled with vibrant culture. Despite many obstacles, it continues to strive to be better.

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