Ground Zero Ceremony: Remembering those who perished during Hurricane Katrina
By Geoff Belcher
Aug 30, 2014, 01:15
Waveland Mayor David Garcia and Alderman Mark Kidd unveil a marker bearing the names of Waveland residents who perished in the hurricane.
Dozens gathered Thursday at the Waveland Ground Zero Hurricane Museum to commemorate the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and celebrate the lives of those who perished in the storm.
"While we had to recover without these people," Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame said before reading the names of the victims in the Bay, "we did it for them."
State Rep. David Baria read the names of the fallen in Waveland; state Sen. Philip Moran and Rep. Patricia Willis named those from the unincorporated areas of Hancock County who died; and Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer read the names of the victims from his city.
Waveland Mayor David Garcia and Alderman Mark Kidd unveiled a permanent memorial on the grounds of the museum bearing the names of Katrina's victims in Waveland.
The city also unveiled a marker saluting the thousands of volunteers who offered aid, support and supplies after the storm.
"Never has there ben such a volunteer effort than was shown after Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29, 2005," it said.
"We thank all who came to our aid and gave us hope and help after the devastation of this storm. May God Bless."
Hancock Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tish Williams, emcee for the event, also presented museum director LiLi Stahler, with the "Citizens of the Year" Award the Chamber bestowed on the volunteers in 2006. It will remain on permanent exhibit in the museum.
Also during Thursday's ceremony, Sherry Hill sang the National Anthem, and singer/songwriter Rochelle Harper performed her song "Howl," written in memory of those who lost their lives during Katrina.