Sunday was a day of remembrance and recommitment along the Gulf Coast. From memorial services to block parties, residents marked the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in many ways and heard renewed promises that won’t be forgotten.
It was five years ago that Hurricane Katrina, a killer storm that became the most costly in U.S. history, came ashore. The stories, the pictures and the controversies that emerged are now embedded in American history.
To mark the anniversary, President Obama returned to the Gulf Coast, speaking at Xavier University in New Orleans.
“This city has become a symbol of resilience, of community and of the fundamental responsibility we have to one another,” the President said.
Many residents of the region took time for prayer and reflection. In New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, one of the hardest hit areas, they celebrated with a block party. Some danced, while others sat back to savor the moment.
The mayor of New Orleans applauded residents and the many volunteers who contributed to the city’s rebirth.
“While our city was shrouded in darkness like never before, we found salvation, light and hope from the angels among us and there were so many,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
While this fifth anniversary is a milestone of progress, it was also a reminder of the work that still needs to be done.
“I wanted to come to tell the people of this city directly, my administration is going to stand by you and fight alongside you until the job is done,” the President said.