Looking back now, I can remember things that kind of slipped my mind. They really never went away, but I don’t have them always in my dreams anymore. As the anniversary comes around, I think it needs to be put back into the spotlight. Katrina was the most destructive national disaster to happen to the U.S. and not long after, Rita came and ripped up the same state. The memories will never leave the minds of our citizens. I Think back to our local authorities going into New Orleans to rescue people as the Federal Gov. said they could not get in there, and it was closed off.
I also remember that sweet little girl at the Houma Civic Center that offered to let me use her coloring book with her. She was the sweetest lil girl, and in the midst of this horror, she wanted to share what she had. I went there to help, and I saw that these brothers and sisters from another city loved us like we loved them. One strong woman was actually named Katrina, and she was interviewed on the local TV station. What a woman!!
The National Guard Troops were not long out of Iraq, and they were in high spirits. Some of these young soldiers were so cool and helpful. When I walked up, I asked if they knew the person I was looking for. After talking a few minutes, I questioned if they were being taken care of while in my hometown. There was of course, the usual jokes about the Marines from these Army fellows. One funny guy yelled “Hey Marine, I thought we left you in Bagdad since you guys come in late?” OH so you wanna go there do you? LOL. So I just told him that the Marines are the first in, and you don’t think those damned BBQ pits were put there by the Iraqis?
After all this chaos, the ones that were left, had to relocate because Rita came and destroyed the very place that those people came to seek refuge. Coffins came floating away, and life as we knew it, ceased to exist. Forget? Never!! And as that day comes, we in Louisiana know it will bring back memories. Yet we will survive, and live on with or without help.