Last March, four New England legislatures states recognized the importance of the region's francophone heritage by reading a proclamation and celebrating the Francophonie flag at their respective State House.
At each ceremony, Marianne Bonnard, Acting Head of Post, emphasized in her speeches the special bond that unites New England and the Francophonie and Québec in particular. Indeed, more than one million Québecers moved to New England in the early 20th century. To this day, around 25% of the local population has Québec roots.
New Hampshire:On March 6, 2014, Governor Maggie Hassan read the proclamation adopted by the New Hampshire House of Representatives and underlined the strong francophone heritage in New Hampshire. Students from Bedford High School and Bishop Brady High School sang francophone songs.
Maine: The 13th edition of the Franco-American Day at the Maine State House was held on March 19. Respectively hosted in French for the occasion by Representative Charles Thériault and Senator John Cleveland, the House of Representatives and the Senate both celebrated the Francophonie to the rythms of francophone music. Historical and cultural organizations held booths in the State House lobby and a press conference followed both ceremonies.
Both the Senate and the House of Representatives paid tribute to the seven people that were introduced to the Franco-American Hall of Fame. After the ceremony, the group headed to Lewiston for the Soirée Francophonie organized by the Franco Center.
Rhode Island: Hosted by the Honorary Consul of France in Rhode Island, Roger Begin, the flag raising ceremony was held on March 20, International Day of the Francophonie. Accompanied by lieutenant governor Elizabeth Roberts, Representatives Philips, Casey and Morin delivered a citation on behalf of the House of Representatives.
The choir of the Alliance française de Providence performed a few French songs before Michael Hébert, President of the AATF-RI introduced the League of Francophone Organizations of RI. Students of the Coventry High School closed the ceremony by performing French and Québec classics.
Massachusetts: Accompanied by Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, Massachusetts Senate President, Therese Murray, read a proclamation recognizing the importance of francophone communities in Massachusetts on March 26. President Murray spoke about her Québec roots and the major impact of Québecers in Massachusetts. President Murray underlined the importance of the commercial and diplomatic relations between both regions.
A group of young musicians and singers from International School of Boston performed French and Haitian songs for the guests.
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