Haiti celebrates Flag Day

  • Members of the Haitian National Police stand at ease as they await Haiti's president Rene Preval to arrive and take part in the annual flag day celebration in Arcahaie, Haiti. C.W. GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Locals reenacted French freedom fighters fighting for the liberation of a Haiti while Haiti's president Rene Preval watched during the annual flag day celebration in Arcahaie. C.W. GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A young parade-goer gets some rest during the speeches at Arcahaie's flag day ceremony. The red and blue colors of the flag were worn by the majority of those who took part in the celebration. Haiti's president Rene Preval was in attendance. C.W. GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Young dancers prepare to perform in front of Haiti's president Rene Preval during a flag day celebration in Arcahaie, Haiti. C.W. GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Supporters chant the name of Haitian president Rene Preval as they were in attendance of the flag day celebration in the town of Arcahaie. C.W. GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Haiti's president, Rene Preval, waves a Haitian flag as he takes part in the celebration of Flag Day in the historic town of Arcahaie, Haiti. C.W. GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A small parade was held in front of the Catholic church of Arcahaie. Several groups dressed in the red and blue colors of the flag and took part in the celebration. Haiti's president Rene Preval was in attendance. C.W. GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A flag day mass was held in the local Catholic church of Arcahaie. All the parishioners were given flags to help start the celebration. Haiti's president Rene Preval was in attendance. C.W. GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Lunise Renu, 15, readies herself as her flag troop prepares to perform in front of Haitian president Rene Preval. They were a part of the flag day celebration in the town of Arcahaie. C.W. GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A young dancer re-enacted the making of the present day Haitian flag by Catherine Flon at Arcahaie's flag day ceremony. The red and blue colors of the flag were worn by the majority of those who took part in the celebration. Haiti's president Rene Preval was in attendance. C.W. GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A flag day mass was held in the local Catholic church of Arcahaie. All the parishioners were given flags to help start the celebration. Haiti's president Rene Preval was in attendance. C.W. GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The red and blue colors of the flag were everywhere as the people of Arcahaie, Haiti took part in the annual flag day celebration. Haiti's president Rene Preval was in attendance. C.W. GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Haiti's president Rene Preval took part in the annual flag day celebration in Arcahaie, Haiti. Here he stops to greet a friend at the close of the flag day mass. C.W. GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A small parade was held in front of the Catholic church of Arcahaie. Several groups dressed in the red and blue colors of the flag took part in the celebration. Haiti's president Rene Preval was in attendance. C.W. GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Jannito Cook, 62, sews uniform hats to be used in the flag day celebration festivities in Plaisance, Haiti. C.W. GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Malik Desange 6, of Arcahaie, Haiti peers from behind a Haitian flag. Aracahaie, the birthplace of the Haitian flag, is preparing for the flag day celebration. C.W. GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Aracahaie, the birthplace of the Haitian flag, prepares for the flag day celebration. C.W. GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Aracahaie, the birthplace of the Haitian flag, prepares for the flag day celebration. C.W. GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Remy Elias takes a break from a long day's work hauling charcoal at the port of Arcahaie, Haiti. Aracahaie, the birthplace of the Haitian flag, prepares for the flag day celebration. C.W. GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF