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A Day Of Remembrance

They crowded Biloxi's beaches early this morning. Church of the Good Shepherds' congregation gathered to reflect on the past 12 months.

15 year member Marcia Brugh says one word sums up her memories of Katrina.

"Scary... because when I think back, at that time I was just getting ready for another hurricane," says Brugh.

But this storm proved to be more than the Mississippi Coast had ever seen before.

"When I saw everything that did get damaged and destroyed, it is another world down here now," says Brugh.

Ralph Buchhorn who served as Chaplain for the FBI and spent time at the Pentagon shortly following 9/11, spoke to the congregation about letting go of the hurt, pain and suffering they have experienced due to Katrina.

"I think this was important. The waters were damaging, but the waters of life, the waters of baptism, the new testament talks about is healing waters," says Buchhorn. "It was nice to come out and remember what had been and what we will have to continue to go through until we get back to some semblance of what it use to be like."

Chaplain Buchhorn is no stranger to disaster response, he headed stress relief programs at local churches here in South Mississippi.  He also ministers to out of town volunteers who he says often experience post traumatic stress once they leave the Coast.

To find out more about ways you can cope with stress visit Extra Mile Disaster Response.

By Toni Miles

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