For the second year in a row, Binghamton has raised the Haitian flag outside of City Hall.
Mayor Rich David hosted members of the local Haitian-American community this morning for the event.
Tomorrow is Haitian Flag Day, an important holiday to the people of Haiti.
Brutus Charles moved to Binghamton 14 years ago and is married with 4 sons and a grandchild.
He’s part of a recently formed organization called the Southern Tier Haitian Association.
Charles says it’s important to educate young Haitian-Americans about where they come from.
“We have a culture. This is who we are. Even though you were born here, you can still always enjoy your culture, look back to your roots. Help them know where they come from.”
Charles says the public is invited to a Haitian Flag Day celebration planned for tomorrow at 9:30 AM at American Legion Post 80 on Main Street with food and speakers.
He also says that members of the Haitian-American community have been opening small businesses locally, including a convenience store on Clinton Street, a restaurant on Washington Ave in Endicott and, soon, another eatery on Broad Avenue in Binghamton.