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Haitian flag raised at Binghamton City Hall – binghamtonhomepage.com

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by: Staff
The local Haitian community came together to celebrate their heritage on Friday.
Haitian Flag day was recognized at Binghamton City Hall.
The holiday is celebrated on May 18, to pay homage to the flag that was first created in 1803 after Haiti became independent from the French.
The blue and red flag was raised above City Hall while attendees sang the country’s national anthem.
People came out donning traditional clothing and proudly waived miniature flags.
Community organizer Brutus Charles says the Haitians are proud to call Binghamton their home.
“This is a wonderful moment for us as Haitians who live in the community.  This a very important moment for the kids that go to school here in the community.  We want them to keep in touch with the culture that we all love and cherish,” said Charles.
Seton Catholic High School students were also recognized at the event.
Every year, students take a service trip to Haiti where they volunteer at hospitals and orphanages.
Students will depart for Haiti on Wednesday.
According to Mayor Rich David, this was the first time the Haitian flag was flown at City Hall.
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