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Photo of the Day: Haiti's Flag Day

Haiti, May 18, 2010

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    Kyle Dietrich/Mercy Corps  </span>
    Photo: Kyle Dietrich/Mercy Corps

May 18th is Flag Day in Haiti, a national holiday commemorating the day in 1803 when Haitians chose their flag.

For Haitians, the flag is a symbol of the strength and determination it took to become the world's first independent black nation. Its inscription reads "In Union is Strength," a message that has particular resonance today, as Haitians face the challenge of rebuilding their country.

At Plas Timoun (Kids' Place), an arts therapy program created post-earthquake in Port-au-Prince, children celebrated Flag Day with dancing and singing. Their joy brought smiles to their parents' faces, an uplifting moment in the midst of difficult times.