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Biloxi to put Katrina victims' names on memorial

By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Nearly five years after Hurricane Katrina the Mississippi Coast continues to mourn the loss of the nearly 170 people who died or went missing in the storm. Now Biloxi officials say the city plans to honor their memories by adding their names to the Katrina Memorial on the Town Green. That's not all the city has in store for the memorial.

The Taylors made visiting the Katrina Memorial part of their visit the Mississippi Coast. The Tennessee family couldn't believe how high the waves got.

"I cannot fathom it.  I've seen television but I can't get it in my head," said Kim Taylor.

Biloxi is about to pick up where volunteers for ABC's Extreme Makeover-Home Edition left off when they constructed the memorial in 2006. The city wants pay tribute to Katrina's dead and missing.

"All the communities on the coast that lost people in this storms, their names are going to be finally placed on this wall," said Biloxi Spokesperson Vincent Creel.

City officials say the original architect is designing the layout for the engravings. He's also trying to address some problems from years of heat, humidity and salt air. Some of the tiles are cracking and the glass case holds a mementos brought in by the public is also need of repair.

"One of the biggest things that we noticed is that condensation has been getting in there," Creel said. "Building up moisture which is having a detrimental effect on some of the things that are in the memorial. What's we're going to do is try to do the best we can to respect the integrity that the artist was going for whenever the artist created the collage and just have it all done in time we hope for the fifth anniversary. "

Biloxi officials say August 29th 2005 is a day we will never forget.

"What's so important about this memorial is that it shows what we lost. It shows what we found. It just shows the day that changed our lives forever," Creel said.

Creel says the city is still trying to find money in the budget for the name additions and the repairs but is confident there will be funding.

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