Union County announces first Haitian flag raising

Union Province

By: Kelly Martins, Union County Director, Office of Communications

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is proud to announce that the County’s first Haitian flag raising will take place on Monday, May 6 at noon on the steps of the Union County Courthouse, located at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth.

“We are honored to commemorate Haitian Heritage Month by hosting our first Haitian Flag Raising event in May,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded. “Union County is a unique community with a rich array of different cultures. We are proud to bring this community together to celebrate the many different facets that make us who we are, and we hope you will join us in this joyful occasion.”

For the first time, Union County will proudly raise the vibrant and symbolic flag of Haiti, symbolizing the unity, resilience and spirit of the Haitian people.

The event promises to be a momentous occasion, bringing together community leaders, dignitaries, residents and members of the Haitian diaspora to commemorate this historic moment.

The ceremony will begin with opening remarks from Chairman Palmieri-Mouded, followed by an invocation by Pastor Eric Charles of Peniel Church in Elizabeth.

Commissioners Michèle S. Delisfort and Sergio Granados will also provide remarks, along with Miss Supranational Haiti 2024, Tara-Lynn Saint-Elien, and Marline Edmond, chair of NJ’s Haitian Flag Day Planning Committee

The flag-raising ceremony marks Union County’s month-long celebration of Haitian history and culture.

This event is of great importance to Union County as it provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of recognizing and embracing cultural diversity.

An exhibition featuring the works of Haitian artists Haenley Pierre and Patrick Joseph will be on display throughout May in the Commissioners Gallery, located on the 6th floor of the Union County Administration Building in Elizabeth.

The gallery is open to the public free of charge from Monday to Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Residents are welcome to visit and enjoy the exhibition.

“As a Commissioner of Haitian descent, I am excited about the upcoming events that will celebrate and recognize the history of Haitians and Haitian Americans,” said Commissioner Michèle S. Delisfort. “Our culture and influence have played a significant role in shaping this community into what it is today, and we couldn’t be happier to share this moment with all of you.”

The Haitian Flag Raising Ceremony was developed in collaboration with the Haitian Flag Day Planning Committee of NJ, Inc. (HFDPCNJ).

Union County is grateful for their efforts to reach the local community.