Local ceremony recognizes Haiti earthquake

Vernon nurse plans to host bring-your-own-balloons ceremony in Polson Park Thursday on second anniversary of devasting quake

  • Jan. 11, 2012 12:00 p.m.

A Vernon woman is helping to commemorate the second anniversary of a devastating world event.

Judy Douglas will be in Polson Park Thursday to recognize the second anniversary of the earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010.

The plan is to release black and white balloons in the sky at 10:53 a.m. and then, 30 minutes later, release green balloons to symbolize hope for Haiti.

The earthquake struck at 4:53 p.m. local time two years ago, but it would be too dark at that time in Vernon to release the balloons, so an earlier time was set.

People planning to attend must bring their own balloons.

Douglas, a nurse, was inspired to commemorate the anniversary by a doctor she worked with in Haiti after the quake.

It was Dr. Sterman Toussaint who wrote to Douglas from Haiti and explained that they would be releasing the balloons, and asked many friends from other countries to do so, stating Haitians would be grateful if friends from around the world did the same thing.