Mondial Acadien 2004
The Trahan Family and the Leger
Families (the descendents of the Richelieu and the Larosette Leger
Ancestors) held a world class reunion in Nova Scotia on August 6, 7
and 8 of 2004 near the site of their common ancestor, Guillaume
The following is a short rendition of
the happenings at the reunion, along with a few photos. More picture
will be posted as time and space will allow.
This event will took place at the Old
Orchard Inn, Wolfville, Nova Scotia. The Inn went all out to make
everybody welcome. The hospitality was five star, every member of
the staff had a constant smile, and no request went unfulfilled. We
are very grateful for such outstanding service, food and comfort.
The reunion began with registration
on Friday afternoon, with each individual family- The Trahan's, the
Richileau Leger's and the LaRosette Leger's each having a
registration table. That Friday evening an informal social and
gathering was held with the president of each of the families
involved welcoming the attendees. Approximately 230 attended.
The next morning, Saturday, was
devoted to bus tours, all preplanned and pre-registered. Upon
returning from the tours the group joined with those who had stayed
behind, mingling and making new friends. Others took advantage of
the three computers set up to check up on their genealogy.
That evening a formal dinner was
served, with 194 attending. The loin of pork was served with all
the trimmings and was absolutely delicious. After the meal awards
were presented to the planners and doers of this reunion, photos
below describing each award. The table decorations, flags with the
Coat of Arms of each individual family as well as the Stars and
Strips and the Tri-Color of Acadie were very prominent and became
souvenirs for many who were able to snatch them before they all
Although Butch Leger, President of
the Richileau Leger's of Louisiana could not attend the reunion, he
sent a video tape message that was played to the crowd, expressing
his regret in not being able to attend, but wishing all there could
have a very pleasant reunion, meet old friends and make many new
friends. I think all his wishes came true.
The Sunday Mass was very well
attended although some distance away from the Old Orchard Inn. Rev.
Maurice Leger, Shédiac, New
Brunswick, was the chief celebrant, and the co-celebrants were Rev.
Lee J. Kahrs, DePeres, Wisc. and Rev. Leger. Rev. Maurice reminded
those attending mass just what he thought the letters in
A C A D I E stood for:
Amour, la tere, la famille, native people & attention, the Star of
the Assumption; C:
Courage, without which our ancestors would not have survived;
Accommodations and adaptations to survive;
Devoted to our family and faith in God - Dieu who was always
there and why we are here today - Louisiana, Nova Scotia,
California, Texas and many other locals;
I: Ingenious and
Equality, proud but equal to those more powerful, or poor, or
After mass many stepped forward
and gave moving testimonials of what this reunion meant to them.
Many hankies were needed to dry some very moist eyes.
After the mass, many journeyed to the
St. Famille Cemetery for the dedication of the Memorial Marker
erected by the three families in honor of their ancestry. Another
moving experience. This site was uncovered while a developer was
digging footings for homes in the area. After careful search of
church and death records, it was determined that approximately 300
of our ancestors are buried at the cemetery of the now destroyed St.
Famille Catholic Church. Donations are still being accepted since a
debt of around $5000 still remains on the project.
On Monday most visited the
Grand-Pre Historic Site and Welcome Center for "Louisiana Cajun
Day." And what a day it was. Many moving speeches, presentations,
and naturally Louisiana Cajun Music and dancing. Not to be
forgotten was plenty of Louisiana cooking served to the waiting
crowd. Chef Roy Lyons of Crowley, La. did an outstanding job of
preparing the jambalaya and fricassé.
You could see many from Louisiana helping with the serving of the
Of course no trip to Nova Scotia can
be complete without dining on lobster, scallops, mussels, or even
that British or Scottish mainstay - fish & chips. The chef and his
staff at the Old Orchard Inn are to be commended on their excellent
2004 Reunion Photos:
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