They wrote the names of their loved ones on yellow sticky notes.
Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and children.
To a chorus of Hallelujah, hundreds of people released white balloons in Miami on Monday. They attached names to the balloons in hopes that those who lost their lives when a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti five years ago Monday will know they will never be forgotten.
“I want her to know we still think about her,” said Sergeline Seraphie, who wrote down her mother’s cousin’s name. “I think this is beautiful.”
The balloon release was part of an hours-long event in Little Haiti to mark the fifth anniversary of the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake, which killed more than 300,000, injured another 300,000 and left 1.5 million Haitians homeless.
Written by Carli Teproff and originally published by the Miami Herald.