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I am 86 years old and flew to New Orleans on Friday 8/26/02 to meet my son, Maj. Charles Herring & wife, who were flying in from Heidelberg, Germany for an Army conference. He is to redeploy to Iraq shortly and I wanted to spend a few days with him. We were staying at the Ritz-Carlton and had enjoyed a great day visiting Harrah's Casino and dining at Emeril Lagasse's restaurant. Saturday was utter chaos and it declined from there. It was a horrific experience but I met tremendous people ... It is one event in my life that supercedes the previous 86 years of experiences! We were reduced to 1/2 glass of water daily and a cracker with a bite of cheese. But we are the lucky ones -- we are alive! God Bless the people of Louisana!