The ceremony included the Pledge of Allegiance by Homeland Security Director John Rahaim and “National Anthem” by Parish Employee Melissa Karter. Prayers were offered by Father Hoang Tuong of St. Bernard Catholic Church and Reverend Carlton Campbell of First Asia Baptist Church.
Following the name reading in memory of the 164 residents whom perished in the storm, a wreath was placed in the adjacent ship channel by those relatives in attendance. President McInnis pledged to continue the annual memorial for the families and friends of those who lost their lives.
Photos and video by Lenor Duplessis.