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Former President Clinton headlines Katrina 10 event

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

New Orleanians, out of town visitors and hundreds of volunteers who spent the day cleaning up the city, converged on the Smoothie King Center Saturday night to remember this day, ten years ago.

After the storm, former President Bill Clinton served as a driving force in the re-building effort, raising millions with former President George H.W. Bush.

“You can be proud New Orleans and I don’t want anybody who feels bad about what had been done to minimize what has been done,” Clinton told the crowd Saturday.

As Mayor Mitch Landrieu explains, the city wouldn't have been able to re-bound so quickly, without the help of people who came from far and wide.

“Some people said that we shouldn’t come back. Some people said that we couldn’t come back. Some people said that it was never ever, ever gonna happen that nobody could come back from a tragedy of such epic proportions and here we are,” Landrieu said.

Some of Saturday’s volunteer's were here for the storm, others made it their first trip to New Orleans, all with one goal in mind; to perform service.

“Today I personally worked at Pontchartrain Park and helped coordinate the health and wellness fair,” Marissa Kinter said.

Sr. Ellen Chrome says, “I joined with some others and we volunteered in the Ninth Ward with the American Red Cross and the fire department.”

This "thank you" event of sorts served as a fitting tribute to all the folks who've given their time over the years. It was also a solemn reminder of the devastation caused by the storm and the lives lost.

Offering a prayer during the service, New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond said, “We also come to you this evening in grief remembering the more than 1800 people whose lives were taken. We commend them to your kingdom for eternal rest.”

Locals say the week of Katrina 10 events has helped them. “I like it, I think it’s a good way for us to remember and for us to know what to do to move forward,” Cheyre Jenkins explained.

As we look ahead to the next 10 years, and making New Orleans even better than it's ever been before.

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