Sept 16 - Hurricane Katrina National Day of Prayer and Remembrence

@speakeasy (4215)
United States
September 14, 2007 4:50pm CST
In just two days, it will be the Hurricane Katrina national Day of Parayer and Rememberence. Personally, I think it is time to "get over it" and get on with rebuilding the city. Yes, hurricane Katrina was devastating. Yes, it killed a lot of people and animals. It destroyed homes and businesses across the entire Gulf Coast. It is not time to look back at the past and "remember"; it is time to look to the future. New Orleans and the other communities that were destroyed need to look to the future. In some areas, they literally have a "blank slate" to start with. The people who keep revisiting the damage done by the hurricane and complaining about the current conditions need to remember just one thing. It took CENTURIES to build up New Orleans and the surrounding area. These communities were not built in 2, 5, or even 10 years. You can not expect to suffer the damage that was done here and be "back to normal" in a short time. But, you can rebuild better safer communities IF you do it one step at a time. So, time to stop remembering and "praying" and time to get to work creating a NEW future; not just reconstructing the old!
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• United States
15 Sep 07
Speakeasy, the reason I asked is because I am from Mississippi and grew up in Gulfport. My elderly parents lived there when Katrina hit and thankfully they didn't lose their home, but there was so much devastation there, we had to bring them to where we live which is outside of Jackson. We had to move them to a nursing home this past year, and Mother doesn't remember how bad it was. She has Alzheimers Dementia. I still have other family that live on the coast, and you are right, they are not complaining about how bad things are. They are rebuilding the best way they can. Thanks for your comments.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
17 Sep 07
I am glad your parents were safe. The areas nearest the beaches were the hardest hit. We didn't live on the beach; but, our home was about a mile away from the beach. Aerial photos of our housing subdivision showed mothing but mud and some big "toothpicks" - the "toothpicks were 40 ft tall pines that were all through the area. Not a single tree in our subdivision was left standing. When we lived there there were seven houses on our little street and none of them even had pieces left behind after Katrina went through. It is sickening that New Orleans and Katrina have become synonomous when so many other towns and cities were also destroyed. They have moved on and are still rebuilding; while New Orleans is still sitting there complaining.
• United States
15 Sep 07
Speakeasy, where do you live? Yes, New Orleans needs to get over it and rebuild better than what it was. If they had taken the money to fix the levees and dams that they had been given BEFORE Katrina hit, the levees wouldn't have broken. I hope the NEW New Orleans will build on Faith in God instead of the witchcraft that was so prevalent. God spared them to wake them up. I pray that they get it before another disaster has to take place.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
15 Sep 07
I currently live in AZ. But, before we moved here 12 years ago, my family lived in Ocean Springs, MS. The house where my son lived from age 5 - 10; was completely destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. We saw photos of the area and NOTHING was left. He will never be able to go back to see it or take his own children to see where he grew up. Katrina did NOT just destroy New Orleans - though to listen to all the news, news papers, the Presdent, etc. you would not know that anything was devastated too. We know other people who were in MS, who lost everything. But, you don't hear them running around and complaining about "how little has been done". The government focused on New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast got the "leftovers". But, they aren't sitting around complaining to the media. They have pitched in and are working hard to rebuild and make new lives.
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