D'Iberville city leaders hold special ceremony at Katrina volunteer camp

D'Iberville city leaders hold special ceremony at Katrina volunteer camp
City leaders speak with volunteers before presenting plaque. (Image Source: WLOX News)
City leaders speak with volunteers before presenting plaque. (Image Source: WLOX News)
City leaders unveil plaque with volunteers. (Image Source: WLOX News)
City leaders unveil plaque with volunteers. (Image Source: WLOX News)

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - It was a reunion of sorts in D'Iberville as dozens of volunteers who were here after the storm, came back this week to see how far D'Iberville has come since they left.

The site was Rudy Moran Park, the date was 10 years after Katrina came ashore.City leaders and volunteers gathered at the very place where thousands of people from all over the world came to help rebuild the coast.
 
"[The volunteers] they mean everything, literally this city would not have come back had it not been for the volunteers," said Irene McIntosh.

Irene McIntosh helped organize the reunion. All these years later she has stayed in contact with many of the volunteers who came to this park and slept in tents, just to help the people of D'Iberville rebuild.

"We were family here. When they would get out of their vans or off their buses, however they came into the camp, Ed and I were ready. We were there with hugs and smiles," said McIntosh.

Volunteers traveled all the way from the east and west coasts, many of those volunteers have since been back and had a chance to not only see the rebuilding efforts, but stay in touch with the people they met along the way.

"It looks like a completely different place to me now. It just looks great. It looks fantastic. I can see there's places where people maybe haven't been able to rebuild or get started again on a house or something overall it looks like a completely reborn place," said Carl Rohr who is a volunteer from Pennsylvania.

Marna Peterson, who is volunteer from Washington, says it's an experience that shaped her life just as much if not more than the people she helped.

"When I look at what was done and how well it was done, it was just such an honor to be able to do it. What we got out of it when we went home was that it wasn't so much what we did for the people here, but what they did for us," said Peterson.
           
During the ceremony, city leaders dedicated a plaque to the citizens and volunteers for their dedication and commitment to D'Iberville.

"I think that was great. I'm so glad that they did that. It's a lot of people that helped from this town as well as other towns, but it was just a great experience and that plaque is just gorgeous," said Dottie Long who is a volunteer from Indianapolis.

Irene McIntosh says she would like to see a museum placed inside the park's clubhouse to remember that this park will forever be what she considers hallowed ground.

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