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Coast Residents Reflect On Anniversary Of Cole Attack

Gloomy weather couldn't keep Jim Rigby from the USS Cole. Dressed in a patriotic shirt and a USS Cole hat, he wanted to come and reflect on the bombing of the destroyer.

"We're getting over it and coming through it," Rigby said. "I can stand over here and look at the Cole now, and we're coming back.

The USS Cole was not far from most sailors' minds at Naval Station Pascagoula. The Navy observed its 226 birthday on Friday, the same day of the attack on the Cole. The ceremony was dedicated to military service for our country.

"It's a time when we should stop and think and reflect on what happened and the people that did give their lives and those who will probably give their lives in the future," Cmdr. Tara LaCavera said.

While the Navy was celebrating, they were reminded of how much the community supports them. Dozens of students sent letters and cards to show they care.

"The cards from the little kids show that they too feel the pain and the feelings of Americans, and how we need to pull together," Military Police Officer Barbara Haney said. "The people here in Jackson County and the entire Gulf Coast are overwhelming, and genuine. It's not lip service."

Sailors say community support gets them through tragedies like the Cole and the recent terrorists attacks.

"They're just trying to get on with their lives and get the ship back to sea because now, more than ever, that ship is needed," Cmdr. LaCavera said.

By Myya Durden

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