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It's a voyage that helps introduce tourists to those small waterfront towns that they may not ordinarily think to visit. A cruise ship docked in Biloxi on Wednesday night. Then on Thursday, passengersMore >>
It's a voyage that helps introduce tourists to those small waterfront towns that they may not ordinarily think to visit. A cruise ship docked in Biloxi on Wednesday night. Then on Thursday, passengers visited several attractions including the Biloxi lighthouse and the visitors center. The Grande Caribe set sail from New Orleans and will continue on until it reaches St. Petersburg. Crew members said it's the stops along the way that makes these small cruises stand out.More >>
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MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
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Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
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"Study the past if you would define the future." Those words were once said by Confucius and those are the words the Historical Society of Gulfport strives toward for its city. Wednesday, that societyMore >>
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An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday - she lost.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday, she lost.More >>
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -
Some 200 military veterans are taking part in a nearly 400 mile bike
ride from New Orleans to Tallahassee. It's called Ride 2 Recovery, a
unique program designed to help injured vets lead healthier lives.
cycling group traveled across the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Monday.
Their reasons for joining Ride 2 Recovery are as varied as their
"It means a lot to me, 'cause this is my first time
doing it. I'm recovering from knee surgery, and I think it's helping me a
lot," said veteran Larry Taylor of Tennessee.
"This is my first
time. It's really impressive," said Rick Harper of Folsom, Louisiana, "I
was in the Army 35 years ago. And I just thought I'd come out and see
what some of the younger guys are up to."
Following a lively
send-off from the kids of 28th Street Elementary, the riders made a stop
at the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Older veterans, like Bill
Williams, appreciated the visit.
"Oh, God bless 'em. God bless 'em every one. I'm tired of wars, tired of wars," said Williams.
of the riders are making the journey in honor of others. Army veteran
Mike Randolph has two names written on his legs: Marine Corporal Cooper
and Air Force Lt. Schulte.
"These are people who died in action
in Afghanistan. They're both from Mississippi. And it's our little
tribute we can give to them, since they couldn't be on the ride with us
today," Randolph explained.
Firefighters, school children and a giant American flag greeted the riders near the Biloxi lighthouse.
Ride 2 Recovery challenges these veterans and keeps them focused.
can get through those bad days when we're at home. And this helps us
get through those days to the next ride, and the next ride, next ride.
And that's all you need sometimes that little sense of, hey I did this
and if I did that, I can do this," said participant Damian Orslene.
me sane. Keeps me alive. Keeps me focused. And concentrating on
everything but what bothers me," said a Virginia rider, Marina Libro.
That's exactly what rides like this are designed to promote; healing and recovery for America's wounded warriors.
2 Recovery is organized by the Fitness Challenge Foundation in
partnership with the military and the VA volunteer service office.
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