This year June recollections and
remembrances will be even greater than in past years. June 6th
will awaken our memory to D-Day in 1945, and all those fathers, mothers,
and family that served this country so well, and the price they paid in
their service to country.
This June 15th will be our time to
remember all the fathers, and the sacrifices they have made for all of us.
This June will also be a time for all of us to remember all the pioneers
that settled an area that today is referred to as the Louisiana Purchase,
an area that would become all or part of 15 states of this great country.
I would also remind each of you that June 15th will be a time for all of
us to remember those Acadian Ancestors of “Acadie”, and join with us in a
celebration at the Acadian Memorial in St Martinville, where a replica of
the “Deportation Cross” will be dedicated to honor those Acadian
Ancestors, the “Grand derangement”, the trials and tribulations they
endured and overcame. Following the dedication of this Deportation Cross,
the Acadian Memorial will also unveil the mosaic replicas of eight family
crests in the Memorial Garden.
Now, as then, we have much to be
thankful for, so let each of us reflect unto ourselves, how these events
have affected the lives of all of us.
I urge all of you to become involved in
the activities taking place this month, to share in these historic events,
and in contributing to the preservation of our history, heritage, and our
Bits and Pieces
By Loubert Trahan
This is a
reprint in part of Fr. Mitchell G. Guidry’s article in the Abbeville
Meridional of Sunday, May 25, 2003. Fr. Guidry is pastor in Gueydan, La.
as is widely known, were forcibly removed from their homes in the Canadian
maritime provinces by their English governors for two reasons: They were
French and they were Catholic.”
All the Acadians
would have to have done in order to stay in their colony of Acadie, now
known as Nova Scotia, was to take an oath swearing allegiance to the Crown
of England and renouncing their Catholic faith. It was quite clear that
the English had a particular plan in mind: “erase their French language
and culture and their Catholic religion and make them one of us (the
Fr. Guidry continues: “I write this
because I am disturbed by the fact that what the English could not do to
our Acadian ancestors, we, their descendants, are doing to ourselves. It
saddens me to see so many young couples with French Acadian family names,
names that we can assume are or once were Catholic, marrying outside the
Catholic Church by judges, ministers, or whoever.
longer tell the old stories, sing the old songs, have the same close
families, or worship in the one true Church.
language has given way to English, the traditional music to country, rock,
or rap, our good home cooked Cajun meals to fast food.
“Wake up South Louisiana! The more we
become like the rest of America, the more we lose our unique identity!
Note: The full text of Fr. Guidry’s treatise may be read on
www.cafa.org under “Interesting Reading.”
The Trahan Family Association has scheduled Saturday October 18, 2003 as
the date of our next regular meeting/reunion, and the location will once
again be the Woodmen of the World Hall in Maurice, Louisiana. The
gathering will be from 10:00am till 1:00pm, and following our meeting and
business discussions, we will have a meal of bar-b-qued brisket, and the
cost will be $5 per person for the meal.
would also remind all of the upcoming Broussard “Famille Beausoleil” next
gathering, scheduled for Saturday August 23, 2003, and also at the Woodmen
of the World Hall. Those of you who are able to do so, please RSVP and let
us know if you plan to attend, and how many will be in your group; RSVP to
Loubert at phone:
firstname.lastname@example.org , or Mitch at
phone: 337-989-0319 or Email:
email@example.com, or Ray via Email
Looking forward to seeing and a visiting with all of you.
Trahan Family Crest Installed
at Acadian Memorial
Family Crest has been successfully installed in the Memorial Garden at
the Acadian Memorial. The Trahan Crest was last of the eight family
crests chosen for installation. We encourage all Trahan and Trahan
related kin to make a point to go to the Acadian Memorial and view and
share your heritage.
The Trahan Coat of Arms as depicted at the Acadian Memorial, St.
Martinville, La. The "Coat" is part of a group of 4 similar
depiction as shown in the center photo. All these are in a beautiful
garden setting between the Memorial Building and Bayou Teche and
overlooked by the replica of the Deportation Cross that is also erected on
the banks of Bayou Teche.