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Flag of the Republic of Haiti

Flag of Haiti
Catherine Flon on a ten gourdes note, sewing the flag
The Haitian Flag in it's current form was adopted on February 17, 1986. The first red and blue flag was sewn by Catherine Flon on May 18, 1803, during the Congress of Arcahaie, under instructions of Jean-Jacques Dessalines. Dessalines is said to have asked to remove the white of the French flag, which led to the red and blue design. The coat of arms in the center carries the words: "L'Union fait la force" (transl. Unity Makes Strong). Initially the flag had the inscription: Liberté ou la Mort (Liberty or Death).

Design of the Flag

Haitian Coat of Arms
The Haitian Constitution of March 29, 1987 states in Article 3 1:
The emblem of the Haitian Nation shall be a flag with the following description:
a. Two (2) equal sized horizontal bands: a blue one on top and a red one underneath;
b. The coat of arms of the Republic are: a Palette surmounted by the liberty cap, and under the palms a trophy with the legend:
In Union there is Strength [L'UNION FAIT LA FORCE or for the Kreyòl version: MEN ANPIL, CHAY PA LOU]

Note 1: Original text in the 1987 Haitian Constitution (Kreyòl version)

Premye Pati Konstitisyon an - Chapit 1

Nimewo 2:
Koulè drapo peyi d Ayiti, se ble e wouj.
Nimewo 3:
Men ki jan drapo peyi d Ayiti dwe fèt:
Drapo a fèt ak 2 moso twal, menm longè, menm lajè. Moso twal ble a, anwo. Moso twal wouj la, anba. Tou le 2 moso twal yo kouche.
Nan mitan drapo a, sou yon ti moso twal blan, yon moso twal kare, y a fè desen yon pye palmis, ak yon bonèt wouj sou tèt pye palmis la.
Anba fèy palmis la, y a fè desen kèk zam ak kèk enstriman mizik.
Men sa y a ekri, anba, sou ti moso twal blan an: MEN ANPIL, CHAY PA LOU.

May 18 - Haitian Flag Day

In honor of the May 18 1803 creation of the first red and blue bicolore, this day is a holiday in Haiti.

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