Franco-American Day Celebration
March 16, 2011
Augusta, Maine – Governor Paul LePage joined today nearly one-hundred people at the State House to celebrate Maine’s 10th annual Franco-American day. Governor LePage is Maine’s first elected Franco-American Governor.
Throughout the day events were held in the House of Representatives, Senate and Hall of Flags recognizing the French heritage. Historical and cultural exhibits were on display as well at the State House. Legislators, staff and visitors enjoyed French music from a variety of musicians including the LeBlanc Family Singers, Sylvian’s Acadian Aces and Lewiston Strings which echoed throughout the halls in the morning.
“The Franco-American community here in Maine has a proud long history. For over 400 years the language, history and people have enriched our state” said Governor LePage. "I think it's very, very important that the 30 percent of Mainer's with French heritage take pride in their history, culture and diversity. And it makes me very proud to be only the second Governor of this great state to have come from French heritage."
In the afternoon, Governor LePage welcomed dignitaries from France, Canada and the Province of Quebec during a presentation of new inductees to the 2011 Franco-American Hall of Fame. Governor LePage congratulated those inducted into the Hall of Fame thanking them for their contributions to the French-American culture in our State.
Christophe Guilhou – French Consul General in Boston
Aaron Annable – Delegate from the Canadian Consul General in Boston
Jean-Stephane Bernard – Delegate from the Boston Office of Quebec Province
Inductees to the Franco-American Hall of Fame:
Claire and Gilles Auger
Dr. Edward Martin (Posthumous)
Sister Solange Bernier (Posthumous)