Haiti - 217th of the Flag : Message from the former Consul of Haiti Lesly Condé
Message from Lesly Condé :
"Dear compatriots everywhere,
This year, despite all the restrictions that are urgently prescribed to us because of the pandemic, and that I invite you all to respect as scrupulously as possible, we must mark the 217th anniversary of our national bicolor.
The story of this flag is so eloquent that we would like to tell it to the world. There is so much symbolism in these two colors. Today, we Haitians have a duty to look proudly at this symbol of our identity, this two-tone which also belongs to the heritage of humanity.
Indeed, on May 18, 1803, what happened at Arcahaie was going to alter the course of the history of mankind because, completely amazed, the world was going to witness, shortly, the birth of the first black State in the Americas. We must pay tribute to the bravery and pragmatism of our ancestors who managed to meet despite their disagreements and defying the wrath of the most powerful slavers of the moment.
What makes the creators of our flag and the flag itself more worthy of admiration is the element of distrust. By tearing away with an irreverent gesture the white of the tricolor of tyranny, and by uniting blue and red to symbolize a liberating alliance, our ancestors defied the world order of the moment in the name of universal freedom.
The Haitian bicolor is therefore an eloquent symbol of universal freedom that the defenders of justice and freedom should venerate everywhere on this planet. We Haitians must be proud of it, and pass this pride on to our children. One day, when Haiti wins the battle against isolation and contempt, our flag will once again be triumphant.
Thank you for your attention, and wish you a happy Flag Day.