New Orleans Katrina Memorial at Charity Hospital Cemetery

Katrina Memorial at Charity Hospital CemeteryThe weather was lovely this morning so i got up early and took a nice long bike ride.  A couple of days ago I drove out Canal with the baby sis in tow, looking for Lake Pontchartrain. I ended up in Old Metairie after taking a left, so today I decided to ride out Canal to see where I would have ended up if I’d taken that right.  Riding a bike puts you on the street in a way driving just can’t, which means you get to see things you ordinarily wouldn’t notice.  I stopped at the Charity Hospital Cemetery when I saw a sign for the New Orleans Katrina Memorial.  If a memorial marks remembrance, this place is full of memorials.  Every house with the tell-tale X is a reminder of what this place has been through, just like all the streets with abandoned houses and all the construction underway in the name of rebuilding and all the empty lots and blank foundations.  I couldn’t quite figure out what was the memorial here, but I think these mausoleums hold the remains of those who were lost and remain unidentified from the levee breaches after Katrina.  The human cost of that tragedy is hard to fathom, and the ripples continue to flow.  For example, Charity Hospital Cemetery might be here, but Charity Hospital itself is lost, and the feds still haven’t said how much they’re fronting to rebuild.  Yes, we memorialize and remember something that in many ways continues to happen.

5 thoughts on “New Orleans Katrina Memorial at Charity Hospital Cemetery

  1. Comment to Kate.
    I am so glad that you took that ride. I can only hope that more people will ride on Canal St. more. It would be so wonderful if people would enjoy a ride on the streetcar from the city to the memorial. In addtion, more businesses opening for us to get off and shop and eat along the way would give that ride the same pleasure as riding down St. Charles.
    When you worte “I couldn’t quite figure out what was the memorial here, but I think these mausoleums hold the remains of those who were lost and remain unidentified from the levee breaches after Katrina”. You are correct. The staff at the cororners office have worked every extra hour they have getting that memorial built. The layout of the memorial is in the shape of a hurricane. The only thing missing is the large angel sculpture that is to be placed in the center of the eye. The center of calm. One day soon I hope it will be there. Two angels…one in the water, one in the air, saving a fleur de lis. They represents the unseen protectors of the city. Have faith and believe.
    “Angel of New Orleans”, “Protectors – Sisters of New Orleans” Artist.

  2. Personally I don’t think that Mr. Handsome has received enough accolades for his humanitarian efforts. In my opinion a lot of celebrity do-gooders are totally phony and engage in so called good deeds merely for positive publicity. I have to say that I don’t think that George is one of the phonies out there in the world of celbrity do-gooders. I admire what he is doing for the Haitian people. I wish more celebrities were as real as he is when it comes to helping out those less fortunate in the world. So kudos to George and his desire to make this world a better place.

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  4. I visited the Katrina Memorial for the first time this morning. I had finished my usual Sunday visit to the Herb Import coffee shop and decided to walk across Canal to take a look at the memorial from outside the gate. To my surprise, the gate was open and I was able to go inside for the first time in my 12 years of living in NOLA. The words on the monument brought me to tears. The thought of so many souls who were lost in that storm and the remains of unkown persons who would never be claimed by family or friends is overwhelming when you hear it on the news or read about it in the paper. But, the memorial is an intense physical reminder. Standing there amongst the nameless, blank plates of the tombs, you can really feel and understand the extent of the tragic loss of life and home which occurred during Katrina. With it, we will never forget.

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