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Katrina evacuees gather in remembrance of one year anniversary

A brief moment of joy after a long year of pain.
Hundreds of Hurricane Katrina evacuees now living in the Mid-South got together Tuesday night for a celebration of faith, hope, and healing.

Evacuee Mildred Alcorn says, "This year has gone by so fast, so fast, and it's hard to believe it's been a year."

A year ago, Alcorn lived in New Orleans' now infamous Lower 9th Ward.  Despite losing her home, she delivered a message of hope from a pulpit in Memphis, her new home.

Alcorn continues, "That's why we're here, to celebrate life, us continuing to go on in spite of our hardships, in spite of our problems, in spite of what's going on for us to continue to survive."

Everyone in this sanctuary has a survival story.
Sheena Butler fled her flooded East New Orleans home while pregnant with the daughter she named Journey.

Evacuee Sheena Butler says, "Journey symbolized the incredible journey it took for us to get here, and it's the trip that we're still taking, because it's not over."

A saga ultimately symbolized with six candles to honor what survives and remember what cannot be replaced.    

Evacuee Shelley Prevost says, "A part of me is gone.  My culture is gone.  You know, it's gone. I'm from the lower 9th ward so I don't know.  I don't know."

Hundreds among thousands of evacuees with uncertain futures, still dealing with the past.

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