On This Day One Year Ago . . .
Mother Nature sent them her worst
The state and city governments were caught utterly unprepared
And failed their citizens
While the Federal government simply abandoned them
To the more than 1,500 people who lost their lives during Hurricane Katrina, to those who were taken away in the ugly aftermath and to those who lost loved ones or whose lives were forever altered by the devastation they saw, the screams they heard and the smells of death - we remember you on this day.
Let us not forget those Americans who waited for days on rooftops or in overcrowded, unsanitary death traps called shelters and those who simply couldn't hang on and were left dead in the streets to rot. The U.S. government failed its citizens in the biggest way on August 29, 2005 - let us not allow it to happen again.