St. Bernard Parish Government held their annual Katrina Memorial Ceremony in front of the Katrina Monument located at Shell Beach on August 29, 2017. The Master of Ceremony, Parish President Guy McInnis, was joined by Councilmembers Wanda Alcon and Monty Montelongo. The ceremony included the Pledge of Allegiance by Homeland Security Director John Rahaim and “Amazing Grace” by Grant Specialist Pam Wegener. Prayers were offered by Father Hoang Tuong of St. Bernard Catholic Church and Reverend Carlton Campbell of First Asia Baptist Church.
Following the reading of the names to honor the memory of the 164 men and women perished in the storm a wreath was placed in the water by family members. President McInnis thanked the staff for their assistance in coordinating the event and Home Depot for the donation of plants for the event. President McInnis pledged to continue the annual memorial for the family members and friends of those St. Bernard residents who lost their lives.