By Ralph ‘Onz’ Chery
A newly created organization, United Haitian Alliance, will organize a Haitian Flag Day Car Drive Thru in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Saturday to not only commemorate Haiti’s flag but also pay tribute to the scores of Haitians who died from the novel coronavirus.
The drive-by parade will start on the corner of Empire Boulevard and Nostrand Avenue at 10:00 a.m. and is scheduled to end at noon in Canarsie, organizers say.
“Even though COVID-19 is here we’re still raising that flag,” United Haitian Alliance board member Kenny Altidor said. “It [the drive-by] will make a statement. It will make America know that we’re here. Not only that we pay tribute to all the COVID-19 victims, but at the same time, we also want to make a statement to let the community know that we’re here.”
Altidor felt downhearted because all of the Haitian Flag Day’s main outdoor activities were cancelled or done virtually because of the virus.
“It was so sad,” he said. “They did zoom meetings and stuff but, still, you could see that there was something missing. Us Haitians, we love to celebrate, especially on our Flag Day.”
The drive-by will fill a bit of the void the coronavirus brought to Haitian Flag Day. “It will add a little taste, a little happiness, a little relief,” Altidor said.
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