A year ago we were just beginning to see the full extent of damage from Hurricane Katrina.
Twelve months later, we are still struggling to grasp the magnitude of what it will take for the Gulf Coast to recover.
Marking the anniversary of Katrina, President Bush wrapped up a two-day tour of the affected areas in New Orleans.
The president's last stop was in the Ninth Ward area of New Orleans, one of the areas hit hardest by Katrina and a community still struggling to survive.
A symbolic "first line" funeral remembered those who are gone and marked a full year since the storm.
In Mississippi, the symbols were even stronger.
The last two victims from the storm were buried Tuesday in Harrison County.
They are unknown but not un-named; the community calls them "Will" and "Strength".
But twelve months later, the debris from lives torn apart still stretches through Mississippi and across Southern Louisiana.
It is a painful reminder for survivors that recovery will take several more years to come.
Also troubling for some is the political storm that still seems to be churning in the strike zone.
City leaders are pushing for more help.
The president toured the devastation and talked about local responsibility.
"The federal government cannot do this job alone," said Mr. Bush.
Ultimately, survivors say it's not the politicians but the people, that will determine the future here.
That journey will take several years, especially in areas like the Ninth Ward where there are still miles of debris untouched since the storm.