Official Grand Isle Poem
by Irvin L. Magri Jr.
Adopted by The Grand Isle Council on June 13, 1989 – Copyright 1989
There’s a beautiful old island,
Whose people are known wide and far,
A spot, which is by nature gifted,
With beautiful beaches, great fishing, and so very much more.
Surrounded by warm gulf waters,
Known and famed for its sub-tropical weather,
Grand Isle, Louisiana’s most famous isle,
Is living proof of man and nature living in harmony together.
Its very proud name reflects its fame,
A proud, noble, resolute island people,
Whome even hurricanes cannot tame.
Once the home of Jean Lafitte,
The famed buccaneer, who, with his brave band,
Fought side by side with General Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815,
To keep freedom alive for all our land.
Who knows the course of the American History,
Had not Jackson and Lafitte stopped the enemy in Chalmette Cold,
On that faithful day in January,
By actions so brave and bold.
After taking nature’s most savage blow,
Ever recorded in American history on October 1, 1893,
When the hurricane killed 2000 of our finest people,
Grand Isle fought back against tremendous odds,
For generations to come, for people just like you and me.
Proud home for Grand Isle’s International Tarpon Rodeo,
Coastal erosion now menaces the island’s door,
What, pray God, will be this most beautiful island’s fate.
All one must do to find the answer,
Is to look on Grand Isle’s glorious past.
It’s proud island people know,
That their fore fathers left a legacy that will withstand the test of time,
And will always last.
America’s most enchanted isle,
Where surf-fishing and charter boats fly the Gulf’s warm and fertile waters,
For fishing within our islands seven sensational miles.
With its natural sany beaches and history fort,
We salute Louisiana’s island paradise,
And her natural-deep water port.
May God keep and protect our peaceful island,
So that generations to come will know,
The immense beauty and mystique,
Where warm, gentle Gulf breezes forever flow.