SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The flag of the Dominican Republic was raised over Springfield City hall Saturday afternoon honoring the growing Dominican community here in western Massachusetts.
Each year the city celebrates the Dominican independence from Haiti in the 1840s. Thousands of industrious Dominicans have relocated to the Springfield area in recent years.
Prior to the flag-raising, Mayor Domenic Sarno joined Dominican community leaders from the Dominican and sports center saluting the thousands who now live in this area.
It’s always great to celebrate our city’s diversity. I thank our Dominican-Americans for their continued belief and investment in our Springfield – they have played an integral part in the economic, civic and cultural life of our city of Springfield.Domenic Sarno, Mayor of Springfield
“The Dominican community is a significant, important part of the city of Springfield,” State Representative Carlos Gonzalez added. “We are proud today to honor them and recognize them on the independence of the Dominican Republic celebrated today.”
It’s a Springfield tradition to honor people from different nationalities who make the city a better place through their traditions and work ethic.