Tuesday, August 01, 2006

How to Commemorate Katrina

There's been a lot of bad ideas thrown out there so far on how to mark this upcoming one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina striking the Gulf Coast - the worst of which so far is fireworks - that I feel obliged to add my two or three cents to this debate.

I woke this morning thinking that New Orleans shouldn't mark the anniversary of Katrina's landfall at all, that that should be left to places like the Mississippi Gulf Coast and St. Bernard Parish... New Orleans should mark the moments that the levees failed.

I then came to the conclusion that this idea was probably a non-starter considering all of the national and international media will probably be gone the next day anyway.

So based on that, I guess we have to join in on that date.

Because these markings of historic times are by definition symbolic, how better than to use the biggest symbol of the suffering caused by the levee breaches - New Orleanians.

I say New Orleanians of all stripes should on that day walk to your nearest levee and stand hand in hand til we encircle the city. Those areas that were breached will suddenly be highlighted by the breaks in the human link where those levees busted on that day and are now supposedly being repaired.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous GentillyGirl said...

You are so right: our disaster wasn't Katrina, it was the Corpse of Engineers.

On the day I will be at the London Ave. canal with offerings for the Lady and the dead.

1:10 PM, August 01, 2006  
Blogger Easton Ellsworth said...

Awesome idea.

4:17 PM, August 18, 2006  

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