With this week bringing the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a “flood of memories” washes on all of us — some, very traumatic.

We lost both of our parents, who had been displaced from the Lakeview area of New Orleans and never got back, in 2006: Mommy in June and Daddy in October.

While both parents certainly had health issues they had been dealing with, they, like many others, I truly believe, were very deeply traumatized and affected physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually by the storm.

The city and adjacent communities have certainly made an incredible resurrection from that terrible storm of 2005, as we now reflect on things 10 years later.

The vast VA “Project Legacy” Health System going up in Mid-City, New Orleans, and including many square blocks is another great sign of the ongoing recovery that has taken place over these past 10 years.

I would like to thank the Women of the Storm, especially Anne Milling, whom I knew through some zen classes at Loyola University. Anne and many untold others certainly helped to advocate for the rebuilding of our beloved ’Yatsville and helped all to deal with such a difficult human condition — especially when some folks in D.C., from both sides of the political aisle, were wondering if it was “worth it” to rebuild New Orleans!

How neat that The Advocate is now the biggest selling printed publication in New Orleans! It was so cool how The Advocate helped many New Orleans print and broadcast media and their staffing in need of help right after the storm!

We should offer prayers for all affected by that storm, which has left an indelible mark on us.

’Yat Natives like me know that New Orleans is truly “the city I won’t forget to care.”

Keith John Paul Horcasitas

social worker

Baton Rouge