Lafayette: Unique. Resilient. Proud.

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Less than a year ago, Lafayette was named the happiest city in the United States. In the last few weeks, perhaps we have seen what that really means. In the midst of the devastation and sadness caused by the shooting at Grand Theater, our community has stepped up to support one another. Lafayette’s ability to unite in pride, love, and support is part of what makes us so truly happy to live here.

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(photo by the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess, outside Keller’s Bakery)

To persevere is in our blood. Our Cajun ancestors trekked from Nova Scotia to South Louisiana during the forced immigration of the Catholic Acadians. Despite their suffering, they made a home here, speaking only French to one another in the hurricane-battered bayous of south Louisiana. And perhaps because of that suffering, they developed a deep sense of community and a resilience to challenges.

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(Cajun flag being held up in pride; a photo by the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess)

We carry that legacy now. Through pure community support, Pixus helped raise over $120,000 for the victims of the Grand Theater shooting (article here); Brothers on the Boulevard raised over $10,000; benefit shows are earning thousands; restaurants have donated meals, and local businesses are dedicating proceeds to support the victims’ families. (We are proud to among the likes of Brothers on the Boulevard, Mellow Mushroom, Pixus, United Way, and Caroline and Company, and many others).

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Lafayette necklace available at Caroline and Company, all proceeds will go to the families (photo by Caroline and Company)

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(photo by the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess, a photo from our offices in Lafayette)

To quote a fantastic article (which inspired this one and is available here) written by a Lafayette native and friend: yes, “it’s true that Lafayette is most famous for food and music, and the festivals celebrating them, but those are the byproducts of a culture and a region that has survived a history of disaster.”

From a “storm-battered and disappearing coast” to our Cajun ancestors who endured the immigration to Louisiana, we are distinctly resilient and rightfully proud.

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(photo by the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess. The missing “Y” is where “you” belong)