10 years, 10,000 reasons service celebrates Katrina anniversary in Gulfport

10 years, 10,000 reasons service celebrates Katrina anniversary in Gulfport
Former Gulfport Mayor Brent Warrspeaks to the crowd. (Photo source: WLOX)
Former Gulfport Mayor Brent Warrspeaks to the crowd. (Photo source: WLOX)
Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour headed up the commission that coordinated Mississippi's 10 year commemoration of Hurricane Katrina. Barbour said Saturday he was thrilled the final event was a faith-based event at Barksdale pavilion in Gulfport. 
About 250 people attended the 10 years and 10,000 reasons service.  They prayed, they sang and they celebrated just how far Mississippi has come since August 29, 2005.
One of the speakers was former Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr. He reminded the crowd Hurricane Katrina wasn't about the disaster.

"It's not about the damage, it's about the recovery," said Warr. He said it's about the recovery of the city, the region and the state.

Warr credited faith as a key contributor to Mississippi's rebirth.

Bishop Thomas Rodi drove from Mobile to participate in the service.

Rodi told the crowd we didn't choose Katrina. He said we'll be better individually and as a community because of how we dealt with the 2005 storm.

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