Never Forget

August 29th: The Day New Orleanians Will Never Forget
By Jade D.


On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina bore down on New Orleans, my home town. The day before August 29 th it was just a regular day. I just finished my first week of school. I was a friend’s house having fun. The next day my life was changed forever. August 29 th was the day that we New Orleanians will never forget. Some of our lives were changed for a small time and some were changed forever. Some people think it is a waste of time to even come back to New Orleans but why did we stay there in the first place? Because it is one of the best cities in the world! August 29, a day that no one will forget. The news of the storm came as a shock because every year we luck out just missing the worst storm of the year. I was at a friend’s house when we knew that our parish had a mandatory evacuation. On my way from my house I was so so scared that I would never see this small town outside of New Orleans again. We left that day. When leaving the city I was taking pictures with my mind so I could remember everything and think about the possibilities of not coming back. After the storm it was a mad house in New Orleans. People with no food or water were sitting on top of their homes waiting for people to save them. I was in Dallas, Texas safe as can be and then there are these people dying. I think the people in Texas were so nice to everyone from New Orleans. As I was watching television the day after the storm I felt so bad for this little boy who had to be there and see all of these things. And also for the elderly people who were dying in the centers such as the Superdome and the Convention Center. The people were saying that no one cared about them. Returning home was great, but you knew things would never be the same. People weren’t coming back some you will never see again. Returning home there was a lot to do cleaning up and getting life back to normal. Our lives are not back to normal. They will never be.