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(In Nova Scotia at the Grande Pre Museum)
2023 July 28 Remember Upheaval Ceremony
2022 GRA (Grande Reville Acadian)
2011 GRA (Grande Reville Acadian)
2003 Mural at the Acadian Museum in St Martinville,La
Museum Coat of Arms at the Acadian Museum in St Martinville,La
Museum Memorial Cross at the Acadian Museum in St Martinville,La
Memorial Cross (At deportation site, Grande Pre, Nova Scotia)
This Cross is on a Privately owned dairy farm. The owners are gracious to all the Displaced Acadians who come here to pay homage. (The Cows don't seem to mind. In fact they seem to enjoy the tourist activity)
This Beautiful Iron Cross was erected to honor the Acadiens deported from this site. It was erected near the remains of a dock that was probably used to Embark the poeple to be rowed out to the ships.
Acadian Day of Remembrance of the Great Upheaval
St. Martinville, LA Each July 28 since the proclamation (By the British Government in 2003), the Acadian Memorial Museum hosts a special evening program in reflection and remembrance. 3 pm at 121 South New Market Street, Saint Martinville, La. 70582
A Day of Commemoration of the Great Upheaval occurs on July 28 each year. In 2003, the British government acknowledged the forced departure of the Acadian people from present-day Nova Scotia. With their acknowledgment of these events, the Queen of England declared the Day of Commemoration of the Great Upheaval to honour the men and women forced from their homes and exiled to the then thirteen colonies. This forced departure resulted from the fighting between British forces and their French and Indian counterparts.
This day of remembrance came into being when a Cajun attorney attempted to sue the British Royal Family for refusing to acknowledge the actions of the British government at the time. This lawsuit developed due to a failed response of then King George III to a petition put forth by Acadians to acknowledge their exodus from their homeland. After thirteen years of deliberation, the Canadian government issued a royal decree recognizing the plight and misfortunes of the Acadians at the hands of the British government. How To Pay Respects For The Day Of Commemoration Of The Great Upheaval
While this day remains drenched in infamy, Canadians and non-Canadians alike observe it to remember the great struggles the Canadian people endured during the tumultuous times of the French and Indian Wars of the 1700s. It is crucial never to forget what the Acadians went through and pay homage during the the Great Upheaval.l.
Fête de Famille Lafayette –
Thursday, October 13, 2011
The Richelieu Leger Family Association manned two booths at the Cajundome Convention Center. Member of the Association welcomed many Canadian Acadian visitors as well as local Cajuns. The Genealogy Booth included a computer and reference books to help with answers to questions about Ancestors. Opening ceremony was moderated by Kirby Jambon, French Immersion Instructor and Louisiana Poet. Welcome by Gerald Breaux, Executive Director of the Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission; Lafayette City-Parish President, Joey Durel; Consul General of Canada, Paula Caldwell St-Onge. National Anthem by Auriel Campbell. Special Guest: Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne; Announcements; Introductions; Marc-André LeBlanc, Représentant Jeunesse of Société Nationale de l'Acadie to present Young Acadian Award, La Médaille Camille Antoine Richard. Causeries (Cultural Discussions) listed below were held throughout the day. Acadians converse about similar topics of interest to each area (scholars to facilitate) Acadian Heritage & Culture - Our Future? Keynote Speaker, Georges Arsenault, Historian, Author and Folklorist. Response by Valerie Broussard Boston, Directrice de Programmation Jeunesse and Steven Ortego, Home Designer & Cultural Advocate. Chef Gilbert and Nova Scotian Guest Chef Alain Bossé served a tantalizing Cajun buffet. Genealogy and The Acadian Identity: Finding our Ancestors. Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Stephen White, Genealogist, Moncton University, New Brunswick, Canada. [One on one session available in the afternoon, sign-up at Registration Table] Response by Dr. William Arceneaux, Tulane/LSU Professor. Environmental Issues - Seafood Industry and Oil Spill / Coastal Erosion and Restoration, Thomas Michot, Ph.D., Institute for Coastal Ecology & Engineering, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Lecture and book signing by Dr. William Arceneaux, Tulane/LSU author of No Spark of Malice: The Murder of Martin Begnaud / French edition: Meurtre en Louisiane : L’Affaire des Frères Blanc. This was nominated for the Pulitzer Price Non-Fiction Category Letters/Drama. (Books will be available for purchase - $25) French Language – The Louisiana French Language: The Battle Continues. Keynote Speaker: Amanda Lafleur, Instructor and Coordinator of Cajun Studies, LSU Department of French Studies & Eileen M. Angelini, Ph.D, Department of Modern Languages, Canisius College (NY). Response by Joseph Dunn, Director of CODOFIL. Musique des deux Acadies avec Les Frères Michot: lyrics, old ballads with musicians / Music conversations: Similarities and differences with special blend of Acadian and Cajun Music ending with a jam session to include all participants. Lucius A. Fontenot Photography Exhibit and Cajun/Acadian Music Jam Sessions were held in the Foyer area throughout the day. The Richard Family provided free Jambalaya to any visitor who wished to taste.
In 2003 the Richelieu Leger Family Association donated to the Acadian Museum to sponsor a figure in the wall mural depicting the Acadians arriving in Louisiana.
The lone woman figure could represent Anqilique Pinet, widow of Michel Leger.
The Richelieu Leger Association donated French language school books as part of the French Immersion Program in Louisiana. (Pictured: John, Vicky, Joyce, Evelyn, Ray) 2003