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City of Miramar to honor the 250000 Haitians who perished in the … – caribbeannationalweekly.com

The City of Miramar will hold a commemorative ceremony to honor the 250,000 Haitians who perished in the 2010 earthquake.
The ceremony will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2023, 10:00 a.m. at City Hall, 2300 Civic Center Place, Miramar.
The event will include prayers from Miramar religious leaders, survivors’ testimonials, a wreath laying and the lowering the US flag at half-mast.
A catastrophic magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake struck Haiti at 16:53 local time on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. The epicenter was near the town of Léogâne, Ouest department, approximately 16 miles west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital.
By January 24, at least 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater had been recorded.
The earthquake claimed the lives of over 250,000 Haitians, displaced five million people who witnessed their homes reduced to rubble and almost two million people were forced to live in makeshift camps when the rainy season slammed the country weeks later.
Since that time, the resilient people of Haiti have endured other natural disasters but are continuing to rebuild despite the challenges.
“We honor the memories of our Haitian brothers and sisters who lost their lives during the tragic earthquake of 2010.  It is a day we will never forget and stand with the Haitian community to pray for continued healing for the country and people of Haiti,” stated Mayor Wayne M. Messam of Miramar.
The January 12, 2023, commemorative ceremony is in partnership with Thelar Management Group and is designed to recognize Miramar’s vibrant Haitian American community.
 
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