(CLICK ON THE LITTLE ARROW ON THE LEFT TO HEAR HAITI’S NATIONAL ANTHEM – THE WORDS ARE THE PHOTO CAPTIONS)
Sunday is Flag Day here in Haiti but the school’s celebrated it in grand style on Friday. Matthew’s teacher was dissapointed that we were taking him out of school to go with us to PAP since he would miss the défilé (parade). We attended the Nigerian Formed Police Unit UN Medal Parade together as a family (along with one of our staff and his family) which was very exciting. Matthew made friends with some Jordanian police who were taking all kinds of pictures of him.
Then on Friday morning, we heard the band from the DHQ compound apartment where we were staying, so Matthew and I hurried out to see what was up. All the students at The Salvation Army Primary School were celebrating Flag Day. An ensemble from the corps band was providing music and two of the classes were doing marching drills and everyone was waving the paper flags they made in class. It was so thrilling! It made me wonder why we don’t do anything that patriotic in the US in our schools. We get more excited at football pep rallies. Funny.