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Biloxi remembers lives lost during Katrina

Biloxi Mayor AJ Holloway opens the Hurricane Katrina Memorial Service on the Biloxi Town Green. Biloxi Mayor AJ Holloway opens the Hurricane Katrina Memorial Service on the Biloxi Town Green.
Bishop Roger Morin prays for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Bishop Roger Morin prays for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

People throughout South Mississippi are remembering the storm that changed lives forever: Hurricane Katrina. Biloxi residents gathered at the town green Monday morning to mark the sixth anniversary.

The memories were vivid. The good, the bad and the unimaginable as people looked back on that day six years ago.

"It's something that I cannot describe because it's still painful," Josie Tatum said.

As victims were remembered, Tatum recalled riding the storm out in her Biloxi home.

"I didn't get out, but I'm a survivor. We all are survivors and I just thank God."

Those survivors came out to the morning memorial to show respect and give thanks.

"Really, the spotlight is on those who lost their lives and who are memorialized on this particular occasion," Bishop Roger Morin said.

After praying for the lives lost and reminding others of the resilience of the Gulf Coast, Bishop Morin said it was a day to look forward.

"It's a very uplifting occasion. Even though it happens to mark a date on the calendar which was a very tragic day in the history of our community."

Tatum said the question that continues to haunt her is, ''What does it take to rebuild a city?" While she may not have the answer, she said it's heartwarming to know how far it has come.

"I'm proud of the progress that has been made," Tatum said. "I'm as proud as can be."

Smiles took over the tears as Biloxians strived to show strength and know the city will continue to grow and remember those who suffered on this day in 2005.

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