PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Every morning, a big crowd gathers for breakfast at a Pascagoula landmark. Monday was no different at the Annex Restaurant, but the topic of conversation certainly was. Osama Bin Laden was dead, and most had an opinion about the news.
At one table, there was a definite sense of pride and accomplishment in bringing down the world's leading terrorist.
"I have served for 20 years," Jeff Barnes said. "I was wounded in action in Baghdad in '03 during the fight on terrorism, and to get a top leader and to kill him to me makes it almost complete."
Bin Laden's death led to other emotions as well, especially for Raymond Fulton.
"I feel elation, total elation," Fulton said. "I watched the twin towers go down on TV, sitting in my office at the police department. When I first heard last night that they had killed him, then I said, 'Well, something good has finally come out of this thing.'"
There are some people in circles across the country that say retribution may be a problem because of the death of Osama Bin Laden. That al-Qaeda may try and get back at us. The consensus of the breakfast crowd at the Annex Restaurant was that that's not going to be a problem at all.
"I'm not worried about retribution," Charlie Green said. "I think it sends a lesson. He's mortal, like the rest of us. They thought he was sort of God, and he's just a mortal human being."
"I'm glad it happened," Doug Maultsby said. "I think it's a long time coming and I praise the Lord, maybe we can get a little more peace now."
Some in the crowd were military veterans who served in the war on terror. Others were first responders who recalled the loss of other first responders when the twin towers fell in New York on 9/11.