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Mayor Turner hosts ceremony to recognize 1-year Hurricane Harvey anniversary


HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and city employees hosted a ceremony Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey.

A moment of silence was held in memory of 34-year HPD Sgt. Steve Perez and Houston Public Works employee Joseph Dowell. Both men died while attempting to get to work during the storm.

“As we get ready to mark the one year anniversary of Harvey, I thought it was fitting to take time to reflect and look forward. One thing we learned from Harvey is that it took all of us working together,” Turner said. 

VIDEO: Mayor Turner speaks at one-year anniversary of Harvey

On Saturday, Turner will meet with the families of Perez and Dowell.

Turner said he wants Houstonians to remember the victims of Harvey and support those who are still recovering. He will visit various neighborhoods on Saturday.

“I don’t want to say mission accomplished. I don’t want to say that but I do want to say in this city, we leave no one behind,” Turner said. 

He assured those who still need help that they will get it, pointing to the $1.14 billion from the federal government, primarily for housing, that still hasn’t reached the city of Houston.  He expects that to happen sometime in November. 

The memorial service showcased a "Houston Strong" collaborative piece of art that was donated to the Harvey Arts Recovery Fund.

The service was held at City Hall.

“Houston Strong” collaborative piece of art donated to the Harvey Arts Recovery Fund.
“Houston Strong” collaborative piece of art donated to the Harvey Arts Recovery Fund.

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