Resolution J1003-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 18, 2013, as Haitian Flag Day in the State of New York

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  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 17, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 25, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim May 18, 2013, as Haitian Flag Day in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body, in keeping  with  its
time-honored traditions, to recognize and pay tribute to those organiza-
tions  which  foster  ethnic  pride  and enhance the profile of cultural
diversity which strengthens the fabric of the communities  of  New  York
State; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, it is the intent of this Legislative Body to  memo-
rialize  Governor  Andrew  M. Cuomo to proclaim May 18, 2013, as Haitian
Flag Day in the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, From May 15-18, 1803, the Congress of  Arcahaie  convened  to
unite  the  command of the revolutionary army under one authority and to
adopt a flag; it was not until May 18, 1803, that flag  adoption  became
an issue; and
  WHEREAS, The flag debate lasted the entire day, with one side suggest-
ing the slogan "Liberty or Death"; finally the Congress adopted the blue
and red bicolor, which is the flag of Haiti; and
  WHEREAS,  Catherine Flon had sewn the original flag on the last day of
the Congress of Arcahaie, and the generals swore an oath of "Liberty  or
Death" on the flag, which was to lead the slaves to victory and freedom;
and
  WHEREAS,  The  people  of  Haiti  take  a great deal of pride in their
nation's flag; after struggling for years to rid their territory of both
slavery and imperialism, Haitian revolutionaries were  able  to  achieve
such goals; and
  WHEREAS, There is no greater symbol of their everlasting dedication to
an independent Haiti than the flag which represents their triumphs; and
  WHEREAS, The descendants of these revolutionaries are so proud of them
that students of Haitian backgrounds within the United States dress with
the  colors  of the flag throughout the week of May 18, celebrating when
the flag was first created; and
  WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to urge  the  citi-
zens  of  New  York  State  to join those of Haitian backgrounds as they
rejoice in the accomplishments of their ancestors by  memorializing  May
18, 2013, as Haitian Flag Day; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M.  Cuomo  to  proclaim  May  18,  2013,  as
Haitian Flag Day in the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New
York.

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