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August 2005 was a month that etched itself into American history with one storm surge. Hurricane Katrina left the Gulf coast in shambles and things will truly never be the same. Living in Minnesota, my interactions with Katrina were limited to radio, TV and internet. The only person I know that was directly involved was my friend Quinn, who went to help with the clean up effort with her college.. I didn’t know anyone who lived there, who’s house was damages, who lost anything. I was sad for all those affected, I prayed for them, and I watched the news with a heavy heart.
Here is their family living room. The desk in the center was with Jefferson Davis through all of his time in the public political eye. It moved with him, wherever he went.
The Confederate Soldiers Cemetery – Veterans and their wives are buried here.
This is the tomb of the unknown Confederate Soldier. Eerie.
Samuel Davis is the father of Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederacy. Samuel was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. That is so amazing to me, that he fought that long ago.
It was a pretty amazing day. Makes time kind of slow down to step back in time and see what it was like back then. Plus, to get a glimpse into the aftermath of Katrina.
Today, I am thankful for the blessing in my life, and for the relief that people offered those who needed it in the time after Katrina hit. It is only with the help of others that people can survive and overcome disasters like that. I’ll say one thing for certain: the coast is full of people with a fighting spirit. Instead of flea to a safer area, lots of people decided to take control and not let nature control their lives. They fought back, rebuilt their homes and their lives, and are still there today. That is true strength. I think that I would probably be miles and miles away from the water if I had been through it all. But I guess that’s only speculation because again… I wasn’t there. I don’t really get it, no matter how much I try to.
Maybe tonight we could offer up a prayer for the survivors of Katrina and those who are still trying to rebuild their lives. Because even though it’s been over 4 years, the rebuilding continues…
Love & blessings,