The 8th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, was marked Thursday in New Orleans with a wreath laying ceremony at the Katrina Memorial at the foot of Canal Street, where 100 unclaimed or unidentified victims of the storm are buried.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu spoke, remembering those who died:
"This is not an episode where we will walk away. And through all the power bestowed upon me as mayor of the city of New Orleans through the people of the city, I hereby claim them for the city of New Orleans and declare that they are our family, and that they will never be forgotten."
While he acknowledges that the city is still dealing with too much Katrina-caused blight, the mayor says the city is a much better place than it was eight years ago.