After holding their first National Acadian Convention at the College Saint-Joseph at Memramcook (NB),
the Acadians designated this day as their national day of celebration. This day is also the Roman Catholic Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Société Nationale l’Assomption (SNA) was created during this convention to organize the annual conventions and be a voice of the Acadian people to various levels of government. At their second National Convention (1884), delegates decided on a flag and an anthem, “Ave Maris Stella,” and a motto, “Strength through unity.” At their third convention, in 1890 at Pointe de L’Église (Church Point), the Collège Sainte-Anne was opened — later known as the Université Sainte-Anne. (Photo: The Acadian flag, made official in 1884.