WHEREAS, on January 12, 2010 at 4:53 PM the worst earthquake in 200 years hit Haiti, and caused a widespread devastation across the country. The earthquake resulted in not only the loss of buildings but killed more than 300,000 people and left more than 1.5 million homeless; and
WHEREAS, the earthquake in Haiti not only affected the lives of those living in Haiti it also had an impact on residents of the city, state and country; and
WHEREAS, on this day, we remember and honor those who perished in the earthquake of January 12, 2010. We will never forget that horrific day nor will we forget how the American people and the World responded with compassion and generosity, prayer and hope for the Haitian people. Our obligation to ensure a better Haiti will not be forgotten; and
WHEREAS, this anniversary of tragedy should also be an anniversary of triumph of Unity over divisiveness, love over hate, service over selfishness, and hope over despair.
WHEREAS, we should demonstrate our respect for the victims of this terrible day by commemorating the lives lost and damage caused. We should also honor and celebrate the acts of resilience, courage, compassion and many other qualities that represent the best in human nature and the Haitian character.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Lois J. Frankel, Mayor of the City of West Palm Beach, do hereby proclaim January 12, 2011 as:
HAITIAN EARTHQUAKE MEMORIAL
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have here unto set my hand and caused the official seal of the City of West Palm Beach, Florida to be affixed this 12th day of January 2011.
Lois J. Frankel