[ 2006-08-30 10:00 ]
anniversary of the biggest calamity to befall this city was marked Tuesday
with a moment of silence, wreath-layings, the tolling of bells
and, in true New Orleans fashion, a wailing jazz funeral through
the streets for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
sticker adorns a trombone as a musician plays music during a Jazz
Jazz musicians marched ahead
of a horse-drawn hearse, a
symbol of the city's watery death. They played
a dirge for the more than 1,800 people killed when Katrina
came ashore. But the ensemble soon exploded into a joyful rhythm, the
marchers opening colorful parasols and hoisting them toward the hot
sun as they danced the city back to life.
Residents held vigils in
pockmarked neighborhoods choked with weeds, in church pews and in gutted
community centers. They rang bells to mark the collapse of the city's
biggest levee and laid wreaths at the site of each successive break in the
cement structure protecting the city.
They bowed their heads and closed their eyes in prayer, both for those
no longer here and for the city's rebirth.
At a midday interfaith prayer service, Mayor Ray Nagin told the city it
was time to take responsibility for rebuilding.
Not far away, people danced, sang and wept at the new concrete levee
that replaced one that had split open on the Industrial Canal in the Lower
In Mississippi, where Katrina left 231 people dead, workers and
families gathered for tearful remembrances, but there was also
celebration. The $800 million Beau Rivage casino in Biloxi, one of more
than a dozen casinos battered by the storm, reopened with 3,800 employees
— 400 more than before Katrina.
The reminders of the destruction — and how far the city still has to go
— are everywhere. White trailers still line driveways in
neighborhoods where debris is stacked up in piles. Only half New Orleans'
population of a half-million has returned. Emergency medical care is doled
out in an abandoned department store, while six of city's nine hospitals
remain closed. Only 54 of 128 public schools are expected to open this
（献上的）花圈，源于动词词组lay a wreath on the tomb（在墓上献花圈）