(NEW ORLEANS) — Local leaders and residents attended a memorial service on Saturday for the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall.
The ceremony took place at the Hurricane Katrina Memorial, a mausoleum for the nearly 100 unidentified victims of the storm. Among those in attendance were New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Louisiana Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal.
“Although the American citizens that lie on this sacred ground are unnamed,” Landrieu said Saturday, “they are not unclaimed. Because we claim them.”
Landrieu talked about the city’s “resurrection” in the aftermath of the storm. “We talk a lot about being thankful for how far we’ve come and the city of New Orleans clearly is on a path to a better place,” Landrieu said, “but we have always said that we are not going forward, if we cannot go forward together.”
As many as 10,000 volunteers were out on the New Orleans streets Saturday, in what Landrieu called “neighbor helping neighbor, American citizen helping American citizen.”
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