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To the new Shepherd of the Diocese of Alexandria, whose great faith in
Youth calls forth his florid hopes in its future and generates his paternal
and affectionate apostolate for its betterment, in whose great heart Menard-
ians realize they have a special place, we pledge our cooperation and
allegiance, we offer prayerful wishes of God's blessing, and
we lovingly dedicate this volume of
Most Reverend Charles Pascal Greco, D. D.
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Since the last volume ot THE MENARDIAN, the bloodiest and most devas-
tating conflict ever to harass this poor world ot ours has come to an end.
Through God's help and the generous cooperation ot every American,
VICTORY has crowned our arms and those ot our Allues Menardvans are
proud to feel sincerely that they too helped toward that end lt us the
untentlon to demonstrate by means of th s luttle volume Loursnana s nm
portant contrubutnons to VICTORY
Gods gurdnng hand alone vvull assure peace on earth by callrng 'forth the
good wlll of men Hence from the heart of every Menarduan wells this
Our Country whose story the angels record
Farr dawn of that glonous day ot the Lord
When men shall be brothers and love luke the sun
lllumnne the earth tall the natnons are one
We haul thee we crown thee To east and to west
God keep thee the purest the noblest the best
Whule all thy domoan with a people l-le tlls
As tree as thy wunds and as trrm os thy hulls'
Edna Dean Proctor
Parting we the graduates of l946 breathe the wt h that such be the
world into whlch we enter and that such we help to malntann It
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Page 10 text:
Our cover desIgn well portrays the theme of the l946 Volume of THE
MENARDIAN LouIsIana s contrIbutIons to VICTOFV OutlIned In the Menard
school colors Kelly Green and WhIte IS the map of LouIsIana upon whIch
are IndIcated the most Important cItIes whIle AIexandrIa IS the only one
named Upon the locatIon of the heart Clfy wIngs spread In readIness
of flIght for attack or defense we see a bold Eagle proud symbol of AmerIca
and of Menard lts claws are Imbedded In VICTOFY as If to hold It fast As
It prepares to soar aloft to carry VICTOTY over the world It grasps the letters
C and T representatnve of ChrIstIan TeachIngs whIch are Imparted at
Menard and many schools lIke It and whIch alone can assure us of lastIng
ln the rIght upper corner are three medallIons One IS a coat of arms
In whIch are Included symbols of LouIsIana s hIstory Spanlsh towers and
French royal fleur de lss the LouIsIana State seal and motto the Confed
erate and AmerIcan flags all surmounted by the helmet IndIcatIve of
Southern chIvalry To the left of thIs escutcheon IS a representation of the
natural beautIes of our state and of the bIrd studIes of the Immortal Jean
Jacques Audubon Below the hIstorIcol symbol we see portrayed LouIsIana s
most legendary fIgure .lean LafItte as If he were a fantastIc cloud enshroud
Ing authentIc fact For Indeed of hIs story who knows what IS fact and
what IS fIctIonP Yet he IS remInIscent of New Orleans AmerIca s most In
terestIng cIty whose legend would lose ITS romantlc attractIon If supplanted
by cold hIstorIcal data
Along the left cornlce are four other medallIons representIng LOUISI
ana s IndustrIal contrIbutIons In the order of theIr hIstorIcol appearance
In the state KIng Cotton once the sole support of the South IS stIll
most Important product one that vItally aIded our VIctory Cane sugar
productIon In the UnIted States IS practIcaIly confIned to LouIsIana where
ITS Importance IS paramount lts many by products have made of It a val
Iant weapon for VICTOVY The Black Gold of Petroleum of whIch LouIsIana
possesses untold amounts was really the currency wIth whIch we procured
our VICTOFY A younger but no less vItal Industry IS that of Cattle raIsIng
IH all lfS varled aspects In whIch LouIsIana dId IfS part durIng the hostIlItIes
and wIll CONTINUE to do ITS part durIng tIme of peace
Thus our Cover Includes ImplIcItly or expIIcItly the major contrIbu
TIOHS of LouIsIana to VICTOTY of whIch we should all feel rIghtfully proud
and whIch may be summed up In the followIng tntles
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