July 28, Official Day Commemorating
Annually on the 28th of July, Canada recognizes the Deportation of the Acadians. On July 28th, 1755, Governor Lawrence signed the Order to deport the population of over 10,000 Acadian men, women and children. Various ceremonies are held throughout the Maritimes to commemorate the events of 1755, to honour the survival of the Acadian people, and to work towards renewing relationships with the First Nations.
We invite you to join us in a pilgrimage from Halifax to Grand-Pré to honour the strength and courage of the Acadians in exile.
Noon: Gathering at the Acadian Odyssey monument in Halifax ( Morris street).
12:30 pm: Ceremony – Jean J Gaudet (master of ceremonies) Flowers placed by family representatives and individuals.
1:15 pm: Departure for the Sainte-Famille cemetery in Falmouth (a map with be available).
2:30 pm: Gathering at the Sainte-Famille cemetery. Flowers placed by family representatives and individuals.
3:15 pm: Departure for the Grand-Pré Cross at Horton Landing.
4:00 pm: Gathering at the Grand-Pré Cross at Horton Landing. Programs with be distributed. Flowers placed by family representatives and individuals. Flowers from the historic site will be available.
4:45 pm: Departure for the Covenanter Church.
5:30 pm: Gathering in from of the Covenanter Church.
5:55 pm: Ringing of the bells. Entrance into the church and delivery of allocutions.
6:45 pm: Candlelight walk to the Interpretation Center.
7:30 pm: Reception at the Interpretation Center. Snacks will be provided.