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How New Orleans will commemorate Hurricane Katrina, 10 years later | LA Times

President Obama and the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency will visit New Orleans on Aug. 27, two days before the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

While Obama, other government officials and the news media focus on the tragedy and the future of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, those who lived through it are planning to observe its anniversary with gatherings large and small.

There will be prayer services, memorial exhibitions, conferences on lessons learned and looking to the future, as well as rebuilding projects.

Yes, there is a new vitality in New Orleans (with almost 600 new restaurants since “the storm,” as locals call it), and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. But there’s still work to be done in the aftermath of Katrina, which killed 1,800 in the Crescent City.

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