SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Springfield recognized the Caribbean culture with a flag raising event Monday morning.
A ceremony took place inside city hall Monday morning because of the rain but that didn’t get in the way of recognizing Springfield’s Caribbean residents, families and businesses for their role in the city. Mayor Domenic Sarno and the Caribbean committee were in attendance. Everyone then moved outside to the city hall steps to watch the Caribbean flag get raised.
“The flag raising today signifies and really invites folks to join us and celebrate June as National Caribbean Heritage for the month,” said Maurice Lindsay of the Caribbean Committee.
Mayor Sarno states, “As we continue to honor our city’s diversity, it is important to acknowledge and recognize our Caribbean residents, families and businesses for their continued belief and investment in our Springfield. I am proud to join with the Springfield Caribbean Committee and raise the Caribbean flag at City Hall.”
June is Caribbean American Heritage Month, and was first declared as National Caribbean American Heritage Month in 2006. There are more than 190,000 Caribbean residents living in Massachusetts.