President Barack Obama traveled to New Orleans on Sunday to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Speaking at Xavier University, the president said that while progress has been made, there is still a lot of work to do.
"There's still too many people unable to find work," Obama said. "And there's still too many New Orleans folks who have not been able to come home."
"There are some wounds that do not heal," the president acknowledged. "There are some losses that cannot be repaid. And for many who lived through those harrowing days five years ago, there is a searing memory that time will not erase."
The president also drew from the Bible's book of Job as he spoke of resilience and community.
The legacy of Katrina, Obama said, must be "Not one of neglect, but of action. Not one of indifference, but of empathy. Not of abandonment, but of a community working together to meet shared challenges."