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Haitian flag flies in Heritage Park

Norwalk's Mayor and Council President join a Haitian American Council member for a flag raising in a prominent location.
From left, Mayor Harry Rilling, Common Council President Greg Burnett (D-At Large) and Council member Diana Révolus (D-District B) raise a flag Thursday in Heritage Park. (John Levin)
Woman with baby in harness.
Council member Diana Révolus (D-District B) with her daughter, Malanya Révolus-Mercer, the baby routinely heard during Council Zoom meetings. (John Levin)

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk officials raised the Haitian flag Thursday at Heritage Wall, marking the 220th anniversary of Haiti’s independence from France.

Mayor Harry Rilling and Common Council President Greg Burnett (D-At Large) joined Council member Diana Révolus (D-District B), vice president of the Haitian American Collaborative and founder of M.E.R.C.I. (Marie & Emilio Revolus Center Inc.), for the commemoration.

The Haitian Revolution had a significant impact on the United States, as it pushed France to sell its North American colonies in what American history calls The Louisiana Purchase.

Révolus said Haiti is in a state of political, economic, civil and social crisis, and expressed dismay that the United States’ response is starkly different from its response to the war in Ukraine.

The Haitian flag is a primary symbol of Haitian freedom and its flag day is a major national holiday celebrated at the National Palace and cities all around the world, a City proclamation states.

“The white stripe was eliminated from the French flag, while the remaining red and blue bound bands were attached together. The removal of the white stripe symbolizes the abolishment of the white man’s control and the unity of the black and mulatos in Haiti,” it states. Palm tree branches are surmounted by a cap of liberty and adorned with trumpets and a band across the bottom, saying “L’Union fait la Force,” or, “through unity there is strength.”

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Haitian flag with four people, one a baby.
From left, Common Council President Greg Burnett (D-At Large), Council member Diana Révolus (D-District B) and Mayor Harry Rilling raise a flag Thursday in Heritage Park. (John Levin)
Harriet Tubman oversees a Haitian flag raising.
From left, Mayor Harry Rilling and Common Council President Greg Burnett (D-At Large) prepare to raise a flag Thursday in Heritage Park, off West Avenue. (John Levin)
From left, Mayor Harry Rilling, Common Council President Greg Burnett (D-At Large) and Council member Diana Révolus (D-District B) raise a flag Thursday in Heritage Park. (John Levin)
From left, Mayor Harry Rilling, Common Council President Greg Burnett (D-At Large) and Council member Diana Révolus (D-District B) raise a flag Thursday in Heritage Park. (John Levin)

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