Haiti – 219th Flag Working day : Message of reflection from Lesly Condé
As section of the celebration of the 219th anniversary of the creation of our nationwide bicolor, Lesly Condé Ex-Consul Basic of Haiti in Chicago (August 2004 – Could 2018), offers us a concept of reflection that we invite you to read and share.
“Pricey compatriots and mates everywhere,
I am delighted to commemorate with you the 219th anniversary of the Haitian flag. It really is a privilege that I greatly enjoy, and that I would not trade for something in the world. There are so a lot of items to say about our two-tone. He does not symbolize only the independence of a nation or a race. It is a symbol of universal liberty which really should be the common of all people who are fascinated in the result in of independence and justice in the entire world. 219 years aged this yr, this two-tone stays as eloquent a symbol of bravery and resolve as on May 18, 1803 when the entire world order was undoubtedly slavery. The environment still needs justice and freedom. I greet you all pretty warmly, and thank you for accepting to welcome me into your households on behalf of our nationwide bicolor.
This 12 months, we need to have to target, in a exclusive way, on the value of the symbolism of our two-tone. In its most difficult moments, a country often retreats to the most superb elements of its past. The tale of this flag is so eloquent that we would like to convey to it to the complete environment. There is so a lot symbolism in these two colours. Right now, we Haitians have a obligation to glance proudly at this symbol of our identity, this two-tone which also belongs to the heritage of humanity. The story of the creation of the Haitian flag speaks not only of the bravery and resolve of our ancestors, but also of their pragmatism. French slaveholders had skillfully exacerbated the conflicts that existed amongst blacks and mulattoes, slaves and freedmen. This is the variety of division that slavery thrives on. Nonetheless, Jean-Jacques Dessalines and our other ancestors comprehended that it was important to unite to defeat the popular enemy. The start of our flag on May well 18, 1803 in Arcahaie sealed this historic union.
Certainly, on May 18, 1803, what took place in Arcahaie, was going to alter the training course of the history of the human race since, all shocked, the entire world was going, soon, to witness the birth of the 1st black point out in the Americas. It is correct to fork out tribute to the bravery and pragmatism of our ancestors who managed to reunite in spite of their disagreements, and by defying the wrath of the most effective slavers of the second.
What will make the creators of our flag and the flag itself extra deserving of admiration is the aspect of defiance. By irreverently tearing the white from the tricolor of tyranny, and uniting blue and red to symbolize a liberating alliance, our ancestors defied the latest environment purchase in the name of universal freedom.
If the relaxation of the world seems at our expensive Haiti with an indifference that borders on contempt, if our neighbors and our so-named mates consider that our historical setbacks can be discussed by an intrinsic incompetence or pretty basically by a cruel irony of destiny, so they did not seize the greatness of our ancestors, and their attachment to perfectly-being that normally accompanies independence. The creation of this flag was a vivid declaration of enjoy for freedom and perfectly-getting. If our proud bicolor who place an conclude to the world get of slavery, also produced us a solitary country, it is simply because, I repeat, this entire world genuinely requirements freedom.
I thank you for your focus and wish you a satisfied Flag Day.
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