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Acadian Flag design

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Acadian Flag design / L'Heritage Vivant Living Heritage

<strong>Chapter 8, page 243-245.</strong>

The Acadian Flag was designed by Father Marcel-Francois Richard and sewn by Marie Babineau in 1883.

Richard took it to the Second Acadian Convention in Miscouche, Prince Edward Island, Canada,in 1884 where it was adopted as the symbol for Acadians throughout the world.

The flag has the colors of the French flag: blue, white and red, and a gold star in the uper left corner.

The star represents Mary, the Virgin Mother, who guided the outcast Acadians through storms and sufferings. The first flag of this design is conserved at the cathedral Our Lady of the Assumption (Notre-Dame de L'Assomption) in Moncton, N.B.

Some American Acadians fly the flag. Another version of an Acadian flag has a Fleur-de-lis on the star and is mostly seen in Louisiana.