Cajun-Acadian WWII Commemoration: A Salute to French-Speaking Veterans

Join The National WWII Museum and the Consulate General of Canada as we salute the last living French-speaking World War II veterans from Canada and south Louisiana.

April 27 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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+ Add to calendar 2022-04-27 2:00:00 PM 2022-04-27 3:00:00 PM America/Mexico_City US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center and Vimeo, Online Event 945 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130 Cajun-Acadian WWII Commemoration: A Salute to French-Speaking Veterans Join The National WWII Museum and the Consulate General of Canada as we salute the last living French-speaking World War II veterans from Canada and south Louisiana.
Location: US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center and Vimeo, Online Event
945 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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During World War II, Allied French-speaking servicemembers utilized their bilingual abilities throughout Europe, with some of those French-speaking servicemembers coming from south Louisiana and the Canadian maritime provinces.

Cajuns and Acadians grew up speaking French as their native language and learned English later on in school. Although many were ridiculed, their ability to speak French proved invaluable to the Allied efforts overseas. These home-grown interpreters—often nicknamed “Frenchies”—provided valuable liaison between their units and the local French-speaking population, especially those in the French Resistance.

Join The National WWII Museum and the Consulate General of Canada as we salute the last living French-speaking World War II veterans from Canada and south Louisiana.

Registration for the event is preferred, but not required. For more information, contact Maggie Hartley, Director of Public Engagement, at maggie.hartley@nationalww2museum.org.