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Katrina's 6th anniversary finds Gulf Coast on mend

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Phyllis Montana LeBlanc walks with an American flag through the Lower 9th Ward section of New Orleans during event commemorating the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) By Gerald Herbert Phyllis Montana LeBlanc walks with an American flag through the Lower 9th Ward section of New Orleans during event commemorating the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) By Gerald Herbert

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Gulf Coast mixed somber ceremonies with New Orleans' signature flair to mark the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and honor those killed during the catastrophic storm that drowned much of the region's dominant city and devastated coastal towns in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.

Monday marked the passage of six difficult years of rebuilding for the region, which is showing signs of a strong recovery from the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. The storm killed more than 1,800 people, a majority of them in New Orleans where water filled up the city after levees and floodwalls built by the Army Corps of Engineers failed.

Despite the hardships, many residents were upbeat.

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