Several events were planned throughout South Florida Thursday on the second anniversary of the devastating Haiti earthquake.
In Miami, there will be a prayer vigil in remembrance of Haiti's earthquake victims and a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially recognize the "Father Gerard Jean-Juste Boulevard."
The 5:30 p.m. vigil will take place at North Miami Avenue and 54th Street, and the ceremony will honor the deceased Roman Catholic priest from Port-au-Prince who founded the Haitian Refugee Center in Miami.
At FIU, there'll be a moment of silence and a panel discussion on Haiti’s recovery in the wake of the earthquake. The International Rescue Committee will host the discussion and panel which includes actor and musician Jencarlos Canelas, Haitian chef and Top Chef competitor Ron Duprat, Haiti’s Consul General Ralph Latortue and FIU alumnus Guy-Gerard Gachelin ’09, a program specialist in the Haiti Emergency Assistance Program at the International Rescue Committee.
A memorial mass will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Notre Dame D'Haiti Catholic Church at 130 Northeast 62nd Street in Miami.
An estimated 300,000 people were killed in the 7.0 magnitude earthquake, which struck near the capital of Port-au-Prince. Hundreds of thousands more were injured or left homeless.