For many, the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina was an unwelcome reminder of tears and fears they would just as soon forget. But it was also an opportunity to evaluate progress made since those dark days and to recommit to goals not yet achieved. Wreaths were laid, and prayers went up in mourning for more than 1,500 deaths and in gratitude for lives spared. The Mayor’s Office said more than 10,000 volunteers took part in 100 service projects citywide.

“Laugh tonight, and dance to the music,” former President Bill Clinton told a crowd of several thousand in the Smoothie King Center. “You’ve earned it. Tomorrow, wake up and say, ‘Look at what we did. I bet we can do the rest, too.’ ”