Hurricane Katrina anniversary events in New Orleans, Aug. 29-30, 2014
FRIDAY, AUG. 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 Orleans Parish 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 Gray and Andrew “Pete” Sanchez, activist and 2015 King of Zulu. Procession to Claiborne Avenue memorial for wreath-laying follows. Call (504) 658-1051.
WREATH-LAYING: 10:15 a.m., Claiborne Avenue Hurricane Katrina Memorial, on North Claiborne between Tennessee and Reynes streets. Call (504) 658-1051.
NINTH ANNUAL KATRINA MARCH AND SECOND-LINE: 10 a.m., from Jourdan Avenue and Galvez Street in the Lower 9th Ward to Hunters Field in the 7th Ward. Hosted by Wild Wayne, of Q-93 FM. 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. Visit www.dcc.edu.
SATURDAY, AUG. 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. Call (504) 941-2852.
GREEN ARMY KATRINA COMMEMORATION BREAKFAST: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Xavier University’s Administration Building Auditorium, 1 Drexel Drive. Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, who commanded military relief in New Orleans after Katrina, will speak on environmental destruction. Archbishop Gregory Aymond will lead prayers. For information or to RSVP, visit www.gogreenarmy.com. Free.
CHURCH REOPENING: 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. Visit www.beaconlight.org.