In observance of the 10th anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Acadian House Publishing is hosting a special event honoring South Louisiana's Hurricane Katrina and Rita Heroes.
The event will honor the “Cajun Navy,” which was the name given to the hundreds of people and their boats who gathered in Lafayette in order to rescue the thousands of people trapped by floodwaters in New Orleans and the surrounding areas in the storm’s aftermath.
The Cajun Navy that departed from Lafayette was essentially a makeshift flotilla composed of an eight-mile convoy of boats and various sea vessels making the two-hour journey down to New Orleans. The Cajun Navy is credited with rescuing more than 10,000 people from flooded homes and rooftops in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which killed an estimated 1,800 people.
The Hurricane Katrina Heroes Recognition Project will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the LITE Center, located at 537 Cajundome Blvd., Suite 101, in Lafayette. For more information visit www.lite3d.com.