11 years now since Katrina visited; 11 years since Katrina laid waste to so much of New Orleans, Plaquemines Parish, St. Bernard Parish, the Northshore and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
We will never forget and we have rebounded. In some ways, the areas devastated are stronger than ever yet pockets of the Katrina footprint remain gone.
Several years ago we marked the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina as another storm hit our area and this morning we watch with some trepidation a tropical storm that just entered the Gulf. For now, we are told not our storm. Still we remember so we watch.
Time this morning does not allow me to do further justice to this anniversary. Katrina 2005 we will never forget but more importantly, we never gave up.
And as we watch the Gulf today, we also do not forget our neighbors to the west still recovering from Katrina flood like event that has devastated so many. And they too, like all the Katrina survivors, will never give up and come back stronger.
August 29, 2005; never forget.