Last May, the Covenant Haitian Group in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, held its first annual Haitian Flag Day cultural event.

This event was held in commemoration of Haitian Flag Day, a national holiday that originated in Haiti but is observed in numerous cities of the US that have a large Haitian population. Interestingly enough, there is a growing Haitian population in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and we are blessed to have a Seventh-day Adventist presence here.

Haitian Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the Haitian flag in 1803. And the flag represents Haitian cultural heritage, patriotism, and nationalism, it was a beacon of hope in Haiti during the colonial era. The flag also embodies the efforts for freedom, independence and perseverance in the face of adversity.

Haitians have gone through many struggles and tribulations, yet they have plenty to celebrate because they are the first black republicans and slaves to achieve independence from the French colonizers. Our church family is grateful to be able to identify with our people and give support to the many Haitians in our community.

Overall, Haitian Flag Day is a day that many Haitian Americans feel means a lot to them, and they are proud to be able to honor their country’s heritage.

Evenson Louis-Jeune pastors the Covenant Haitian Group in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.