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A Day to Remember August 29, 2007 8:04 AM

How do we describe the second anniversary of Katrina?   For many in New Orleans and the outreaching areas as the now famous saying goes, “it is what it is”.   It also “was what it was”.

It was a community flawed.  It is a community that must be better. 

It was a people that gave up on hope.  It is a new world that hope must survive.

The Katrina anniversary reminds us that none of us are immune from total destruction of families, of institutions, of neighborhoods. 

It reminds us that we can debate for infinity over what went wrong, but our real goal right now is to find a way to make things right.

Katrina anniversary harkens us that we can never be what we were, but hopefully we can build better upon what was. 

As the bells ring that remind us of the broken levees that washed away our past, we long that our future is secured so we never relive the present.

This day comes once per year and it is indeed special.  For tens of thousands, it was ground zero in time and place.   As each day fades, our memories weaken but hopefully not our determinations. 

All of us have fallen.  Thousands have lost the people we have loved all of our lives.  They can never come back but their legacies will never be washed away.

We can do as many are asking for us to do.  We can continue to overcome all obstacles, help ourselves without looking for a helping hand.  But, hopefully the world will wisely realize that we come to them not as beggars but as symbols as the strongest and truest form of American spirit ever envisioned by our founding fathers, and their generations of children who made us who we are today. 

As we think back and grieve and think with hope in our hearts, let us thank the millions who have found strength in their own souls to aid us during this awesome time of need and want.  They are the true heroes for their souls are full of compassion, they comprehend loss and they have helped empower us with opportunity. 

Katrina was the past, the present and the future.  It is time, even for just a day to put aside our differences.  We are all brothers and sisters of the storm.   The fractured houses of hatred matter little when we work together to build our internal and collective homes.

Of utmost, today is the day we should and must hold each other so dear.  All we have is ourselves.  If we have not that, we have little. 

Bayoubuzz Note:  Please discuss below what this day means to you.  Best wishes to all...

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 August 29, 2007 8:19 AM

Thank you so much for this post.

I think of the disaster, and on-going pain, in several ways.

We had the disaster, the hurricane, which was damaging.

We had the wall breeches and the flood which was the result of corruption -- casino building

We had the isolation of the people in the Dome and the Convention Center, which was purely the product of racism, and attempted genocide.

And now we have the destruction of their homes, and their imprisonment in concentration camps of trailers run by the very people who were responsible for the attempted genocide: homeland security.

Today the problem in New Orleans is similar to problems all over the country, making New Orleans's suffering a symbolic cause.

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Lean on Me by Kirk Franklin - Hurricane Katrina Tribute September 04, 2007 10:56 AM

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Senator Obama: Rebuilding New Orleans, Two Years Later September 04, 2007 10:58 AM

Senator Barack Obama discusses the challenges in rebuilding New Orleans on the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. See how the city and its people are rebuilding and moving forward

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New Orleans: The day the music died September 04, 2007 11:04 AM

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Hurricane Katrina Montage September 04, 2007 11:20 AM

Hurricane Katrina was one of the devastating storms of our century. In its wake it left hundreds dead, thousands homeless, and a nation shaken by mother nature.

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New Orleans Memorial September 04, 2007 11:28 AM

I am not sure who the original creator of this documentary is. It has been passed around through various news groups, and I received this in an e-mail and created a place for it here, as a tribute to all the people who have suffered. The songs on this video are You Raise Me Up (by Josh Groban, lyrics can be seen here) and was performed on a PBS special called Celtic Woman. I am not sure which of the ladies sang this tune. The last song in the video is by Enya called "May it be" (lyrics can be seen here) and was in the movie "Lord of the Rings". It was also performed on the PBS special and I am not sure if this version is from the special or from Enya. Thanks to all who have sent e-mails asking who these performers were.

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The Road to One America - Ninth Ward of New Orleans September 04, 2007 11:31 AM

John and Elizabeth Edwards take a walking tour of the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans with Gwen Adams and Vanessa Gueringer, Chairs of the Lower Ninth Ward ACORN.

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New Orleans is Sinking September 04, 2007 11:33 AM

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New Orleans-- We Shall Overcome February 24, 2008 6:46 AM

Video and pics of 9th Ward, NOLA East, Lakeview, Gentilly, Mid City and MS taken the first week of March. Music Bruce Springsteen

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 March 23, 2008 7:23 AM

An important thread here:

We know more of such tragedies. Her a paper on open internet about it. Problems aren't over. Still more problems to come. Also a warning paper. While we know that leeves are not strong enough. And rich people live at places where the good people were living. So cruel. And in the New ERA we will help them.

Have a wonder ful weekend

ronald, messenger

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 August 29, 2008 10:23 AM

Third Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Brings New Wave of Books
On this third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of New Orleans, it's reader's choice: Book offerings include a great novel, a stirring memoir, several children's books, and fine, fine poetry.

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 August 29, 2008 10:25 AM

Louisiana to Mark Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina- National Katrina Animal Memorial Unveiled
Animal rescue volunteers who traveled to New Orleans in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina hit are being asked to return to the city, not for emergency purposes, but rather to pay tribute to the cats and dogs lost during the devastating floods and to

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          this time I am not taking the journey into NOLA.....I still don't feel' like dying with supressed immune system  I can't...for thoseofyou who don't know  I am battling cancer again  and  am too sick to even thinabout it .So here I sit in the same hotel in Dallas whereFEMA is running the show. Of interest to you John they are already screwing communications.

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