Hurricane Katrina killed nearly 2,000 people and displaced one million. It was the most expensive natural disaster in US history and caused destruction along the Gulf coast. President Barack Obama marked the day by recalling his recent trip to New Orleans and saying he had been inspired, but there is more work to be done.

While it is a time for mourning for those who died, New Orleans’ mayor praised the resiliency of those who remained in the city after the storm.”Nothing is going to hold the people of the city back. … Because New Orleans will be unbowed and unbroken,” Mitch Landrieu said. “We have risen again, and we will rise again, and we will go forward.”

Our company is pausing this week to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives; to remember the contribution of the first responders, including medical personnel who saved many lives, and to express gratitude to all people who continue the work of rebuilding New Orleans.