2014 Katrina Memorial Events

Friday marks nine years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall, causing major devastation in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Below are a list of the events taking place throughout the area to commemorate the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Friday, August 29

  • Canal Street wreath-laying ceremony: 8:30 a.m., Hurricane Katrina Memorial, 5056 Canal St., New Orleans. The Crescent City Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association sponsors a wreath-laying at the memorial where the remains of almost 100 unclaimed or unidentified casualties of Hurricane Katrina are interred. Speaker is New Orleans Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Rouse.
  • St. Bernard Day of Reflection: 8:30 a.m., Chalmette High School, 1100 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. The St. Bernard Parish Public Schools' annual memorial event. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is scheduled to speak. Tickets are $10. Call (504) 301-2000.
  • Lower 9th Ward Commemoration: 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m., North Claiborne Avenue and Tennessee Street. Recovery information and a performance by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School Band. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu speaks at 10 a.m. Other speakers include City Councilman James A. Gray and Andrew "Pete" Sanchez, activist and 2015 King of Zulu. Procession to Claiborne Avenue memorial for wreath-laying follows. For information, call (504) 658-1051.
  • Wreath-laying: 10:15 a.m., Claiborne Avenue Hurricane Katrina Memorial, on North Claiborne between Tennessee and Reynes streets. For information, call (504) 658-1051.
  • Ninth Annual Katrina March and Second-Line: 10 a.m., from Jourdan and Galvez streets to Hunters Field in the Lower 9th Ward. Hosted by Wild Wayne of Q-93 FM. For information, call (504) 342-6977.
  • Delgado Desire Campus Ribbon-Cutting: 9:52 a.m., 3727 Louisa St. In observance of the time the flooding began and the former campus was destroyed, a ceremony will dedicate the new $21 million Delgado Sidney Collier site in the Desire-Florida area of New Orleans. Go to www.dcc.edu.
  • Hurricane Katrina Memorial Wreath Hanging: 9:15 a.m., Fleur de Lis and Old Hammond Highway. Join Lakeview Civic Improvement Association, NOFD, EMS, LCPD, NOPD, and public officials in prayer for the lives lost.

Saturday, August 30

  • Reflection and Fury: 10:15 a.m., 900 St. Claude Ave. at Reynes Street, Lower 9th Ward. A Community Voice sponsors a Hurricane Katrina memorial ceremony and protest. Members will speak about problems that include neighborhood conditions and a lack of programs for children and jobs for residents. For information, call (504) 941-2852.
  • Greenarmy Katrina Commemoration Breakfast: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Xavier University's Administration Auditorium, 1 Drexel Drive at Pine Street, New Orleans. Retired Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré , who commanded military relief after Hurricane Katrina, will speak on environmental destruction and the upcoming legislative session. Archbishop Gregory Aymond will lead prayers. For information or to RSVP, visit www.gogreenarmy.com. Free.
  • Church Re-opening: Noon, Beacon Light International Baptist Cathedral, 1937 Mirabeau Ave., Gentilly. The church, destroyed in Katrina, will celebrate its rebuilding and reopening with a "Here for Life" community outreach event from noon to 4 p.m. on the church grounds, featuring food, games, music, a school supplies giveaway and health screenings. Free. Go to www.beaconlight.org.

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