The New York City Council hosted its annual Haitian Flag Day celebration at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic School on Saturday, May 21. Acting under the authority of Speaker Christine Quinn, Deputy Majority Leader Leroy Comrie was joined by Council Members James Sanders, Ruben Wills and Mathieu Eugene in paying tribute to the culture and contributions of Haitian- Americans.

This year’s Haitian Flag Day ceremony honored:

  • Monique Blanchard
  • Russell Simplice
  • Martina Bruno
  • David Duchatellier
  • Robert Constantine
  • Georges Joseph
  • Jean-Charles
  • The Arverne

Upon presenting New York City proclamations to these honorees, Comrie told the au- dience, “These individuals are leaders in the Southeast Queens community and also serve as inspirations to generations of Haitian-Americans as successful symbols of excel- lence in their professions. I am grateful for the opportunity to acknowledge their contributions as well as acknowledge the overall contributions of Haitians to our city.”

The afternoon’s festivities featured entertainment from the Haitian Difference Band of Community Inc., dancers Barbara Beauvais and Sophia Baudin and singers Sheimyrah Mighty and Martina Bruno. Music was provided by DJ Canal and DJ Marzand food was donated by Port- Au-Prince Restaurant, Saint Pierre Restaurant, Friendly’s Restaurant and Labadee Manoir. Donations were also made by Bella Nails, Walgreens and C-Town Supermarket.

The master of ceremonies was Elsie St. Louis Accilien, executive director of the Cambria Heights-based Haitian Americans United for Progress. The invocation and benediction were delivered by Father Donaldson Thevenin and Father BryanPattersonoftheSacred Heart Roman Catholic Church.