This post has nothing to do with advertising and marketing, but everything to do with being human.
A few days ago was the 5th anniversary of Katrina, the devastating hurricane that almost destroyed New Orleans. While there is still a lot of rebuilding to do, the city is once again showing its unusual spunk, and helping the citizens feel secure are the new levees which are designed to protect against another Katrina. The levees were planned three years ago and only very recently completed.
They are billed as the 8th construction wonder of the world and when you read the description you realize why. Twenty six feet high, with castle like turrets to help break up waves, there was enough concrete used in the construction to fill 100 football fields. The structure is two miles long and twelve feet wide, and is supported by 4500 diagonal pylons filled with concrete that are anchored 200 feet deep. The straight pylons go 100 feet into the water and are filled with concrete also.
Isn’t it sad that it took such a tragedy to motivate engineers to create these new levees. The scars will probably never heal completely for the residents who were so traumatized by those awful weeks, and while it will fully come alive again, New Orleans will be a different city with a new soul still in the making. And now we are about to commemorate another tragedy with indelible memories for our country, 9-11.
There should be some way that bloggers everywhere can write something that will prove inspirational. Something like the wave that sweeps across a stadium during a baseball game. Americans come in all colors and stripes. We should celebrate our differences and be proud of our resiliency. After all, how many countries can offer the opportunities the United States does to anyone who wants to become part of the whole?
Entry by: elizabeth