May 18 - Haitian Flag Day
Monday, May 12, 2014
May is Haitian Heritage Month and May 18 is Haitian Flag Day. The story of the national flag of Haiti is a magnificent story of the struggle for freedom. On May 18, 1803, an official flag of Haiti was agreed upon. The first flag was blue and red bands placed vertically. The first flag was sewn by Catherine Flon.
On January 1, 1804, Haitian Independence Day, the flag was modified again. Changes in leadership resulted in the adoption of several versions of the flag until February 1986, after the fall of Baby Doc and the Duvalier regime, when the people of Haiti requested the return of the red and blue flag.
For details on the history of Haitii and the Haitian flag, visit the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Haiti in Washington, DC. It displays a picture of each of the different flags of Haiti and a synopsis of each flag’s historical perspective. A detailed narrative of the history of Haitian Flag Day is available here.
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