Biloxi begins Katrina anniversary with reflection, ends with celebration

Biloxi begins Katrina anniversary with reflection, ends with celebration
Former Gov. Haley Barbour was the headline speaker for the Saturday morning program, which featured clergy members and the Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church Choir. (Photo source: Natalie Campen)
Former Gov. Haley Barbour was the headline speaker for the Saturday morning program, which featured clergy members and the Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church Choir. (Photo source: Natalie Campen)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - August 29, 2015 promises to be a very different day than it was 10 years ago. Saturday morning, the city of Biloxi held a memorial for the victims of Hurricane Katrina at MGM Park.

Former Gov. Haley Barbour was the headline speaker for the Saturday morning program, which featured clergy members and the Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church Choir. Students from Biloxi High School and St. Patrick Catholic High School read the 170 names of Katrina's victims.

"We're expecting the day to be one of reflection and celebration," Biloxi Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich said. "We also expect it to be a day of thanks, thanking the volunteers who are coming back to check on us, and, quite frankly, thanking God for the many blessings we've received and continue to receive."

The event in Biloxi is just one of many Katrina commemorations taking place across the Gulf Coast Saturday.

The 10th anniversary of the storm will end on a much more festive note Saturday night at MGM Park with the "Concert for the Coast," featuring Rosco Bandana, Dr. John and Trombone Shorty.

Copyright 2015 WLOX. All rights reserved.