BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The City of Biloxi marked the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with a ceremony on the Town Green on Friday morning.
Students read the names of those who lost their lives in the storm, Bishop Roger Morin offered prayers, and Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway spoke of progress.
"Today is a day when we pause and remember what we went through, how we endured, and how we are prevailing," Mayor Holloway told the crowd.
Biloxi's mayor acknowledged the tremendous loss caused by Katrina, but also focused on the future.
"We make progress, large or small, each and every day," he said.
The progress is evident around the city. The loss is etched in stone on the nearby Katrina memorial.
"We gather to remember a time of loss and sadness, but we also come together to praise you Lord," said Bishop Roger Morin of the Biloxi Catholic Diocese.
Doug DeSilvey knows the personal pain Katrina caused. He lost four loved ones to the storm. He said it doesn't seem possible that nine years have passed.
"No it doesn't. Time has flown by. You just keep moving forward and be positive. Keep the good Lord in your heart and it'll all be good," he said.
Former Biloxi mayor Danny Guice knows all too well the challenge of rebuilding a city after a storm. He was in office when Hurricane Camille hit in 1969.
"It's a hard job. But they've done a good job here in Biloxi, I think," said Guice.
"It took us a pretty good while to get back on our feet. But we're resilient, we work hard and we came back strong," said Mayor Holloway.
"We believe we're here for a reason and never know what that might be. But we're going to move forward and be positive," said Doug DeSilvey.
The hurricane claimed 52 lives in the City of Biloxi.