(WVUE) - For some, it may be hard to believe that nine years have passed since Hurricane Katrina made landfall and left major devastation in Louisiana and Mississippi.
Most people will never forget where they were when Katrina, a Category 3 Hurricane, came ashore first in Plaquemines Parish and then St. Bernard.
Breaches in the Industrial Canal as well as the 17th Street, London Avenue and Orleans Avenue canals left much of New Orleans under water.
Thousands were stranded. Some spent days on their rooftops waiting for rescue.
In the aftermath of Katrina, people became scattered throughout the country, wondering if life would ever be the same.
Friday morning, dozens gathered at a Katrina memorial site.
It's the place where 85 unclaimed or unidentified people who lost their lives during the storm are buried.
During the wreath laying ceremony, many vowed never to forget what happened and they also took time to consider the city's recovery. With more than 75 percent of the population now back, homes are being rebuilt and businesses are opening again.
At the same time, some communities are still lacking basic services - like grocery stores.
Mayor Landrieu said the focus moving forward needs to be on those areas, giving people the tools they need to continue rebuilding.