ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH (WAFB) - A symbol of hope and courage now stands at the center of one of the parishes walloped by Hurricane Isaac a year ago.
Thursday afternoon, St. John the Baptist Parish leaders unveiled a hurricane memorial in front of the community center in LaPlace.
It will serve as a reminder of the struggles and the resiliency of the people of St. John putting life back together after the storm.
Federal and state leaders joined those from the parish to reflect and discuss plans to protect St. John from future disasters.
"The ultimate goal is to not have this happen again. We are working with the corps and the levee districts in our parishes. We need levee protection because it doesn't matter how quickly you respond and recover, if it happens again we'll be starting again," said Natalie Robottom, St. John Parish President.
Parish officials are calling on Congress to grant construction dollars to begin work on a better levee system.