The Haiti flag has horizontal bands of blue (top) and red with a centered white rectangle bearing the coat of arms, which contains a palm tree flanked by flags and two cannons above a scroll bearing the motto L’UNION FAIT LA FORCE (Union Makes Strength). The Republic of Haiti is the second-oldest republic in the Western Hemisphere just after the United States.
On January 1, 1804, Haiti proclaimed its independence making 2013 it’s 209th year of independence. Through this action, it became the second independent state in the Western Hemisphere and the first free black republic in the world. Haiti’s uniqueness attracted much attention and symbolized the aspirations of enslaved and exploited peoples around the globe.