Haiti - Social : What they said in Arcahaie...
The ceremony which took place under the sign of friendliness and patriotism, brought together personalities of all vital sectors of the country including members of the Cabinet of Ministers, the President of the Court of Cassation, representatives of the Legislative Body, the Council of State University of Haiti, the High General Staff of the National Police, the Diplomatic Corps were also present. They followed the traditional raising of the flag and the Te Deum celebrated by the Archbishop of Port-au-Prince.
Mgr Guire Poulard :
The homily for the occasion pronounced by the Archbishop of Port-au-Prince, Mgr Guire Poulard, assisted by the Parish priest, Fr. Father Julien Estiverne, abounded on the necessity for authorities to grant more importance to unity, and demonstrate a greater fear of God in the exercise of their functions. Mgr. Guyre Pourlard wished the unit as at the time of the creation of the flag.
After the mass at the Church of St Pierre of Arcahaie, the President of the Republic laid a wreath of flowers on the Place d'Armes, at the foot of the monument of Emperor Jean-Jacques Dessalines, founder of the Nation and of Catherine Flon, seamstress of the flag, before a minute's silence in memory of our ancestors.
Jean Yvon Nestor Mayor of the Arcahaie :
The Mayor of Arcahaie highlighted a range of achievements accomplished by the Head of State in favor of the city and its people. He cited an example: the extension of the grid, the paving of more than 7 km of roads in the municipality, and the construction of the public market that will, according to him, the largest in the country. He also paid tribute to the First Lady for her humanitarian work in the area of Arcahaie.
Jean Dany-Duvert deputy of the Arcahaie :
For his part the Deputy of the Arcahaie, Jean-Dany Duvert, spoke of the importance of May 18 and announced his intention to enact legislation to strengthen respect vis-à-vis the national flag. Like the Mayor, he believes that these 209 years of commemoration, are a valuable opportunity for all to hope again, to unite in the efforts of change and progress of the Head of State, and to adapt to the ideals of brotherhood, equality and freedom that had been dictated by the heroes of our independence.
Réginald Paul Minister of Education :
The Minister of National Education and of Vocational Training, Réginald Paul, spoke of a patriotism university based on the assessment of power systems and arbitration between rulers and ruled, elected officials and constituents, the university and the state. The Minister has pledged for a return to the values of the May 18 by working to the refoundation of the state, by fighting illiteracy and ignorance through the free education program of the President Martelly and a civic education project.
Mr. Vernet Henry Rector of State University of Haiti :
The Rector of State University of Haiti, Henry Vernet, has argued in favor of the independence and of the national sovereignty. He hopes that the State University receives the resources necessary to achieve its objectives. The Rector appealed to the reconquest of national sovereignty whose the levers will be the university reform, the promotion of research, the preservation of cultural values.
President Michel Martelly :
Finally in his message of circumstances the Head of State stressed the urgent need to continue the battle of May 18 by seeking the unity by the duty, on behalf of the respect for our ancestors and to offer quality education at all levels according to the urgency of rebuilding Haiti.
"Wwhy we must wait for disasters ? Why we have to wait for the misfortunes to put us together ? Why we do not let our heart speak ?," insisted on his side the Head of State in the opening minutes of his speech. This call for unity of Haitians and to their commitment to the expansion of the nation, translates the extreme kindness of the Head of State in the search of alternatives to the reconstruction of Haiti.
The President emphasized on the necessity to live together, of a sincere collaboration that goes beyond our differences, attitudes incompatible to the commemoration of May 18 whose the magnitude is the notoriety and pride of the First Black People of history.
The Head of State called on Haitians to become a community of free men, conscious of the mission that unites all of them, against all political, economic, global environmental plagues that strike the societies.
The President Martelly, while calling the Haitian community to help it to slow deforestation and combat all the major handicaps that block the aftermath of the Haitian people, recognizes the need to reform the University essential condition to the promotion of culture, human development and to the reconstruction of the Haitian nation.
The President of the Republic believes in the extent of the flag-symbol "beyond all our ideological differences, we are and will always remain a united people, always ready to give battle to ensure our dignity and our freedom."
At the end of his speech warmly applauded by the people of Arcahaie, the presidential couple, the Prime Minister, Ministers, senior civil servants of the State and the diplomatic corps saw a parade of dozens of young people in a patriotic show valuing the flag and the national culture.
See also :