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Jackson County Remembers Katrina's Victims and Survivors

"We discovered, recovered and we reclaimed in Jackson County and the Mississippi Gulf Coast," Jackson County Board of Supervisors' President Robert Norvel said at Monday's ceremony.

It was a day of celebration and remembrance in Jackson County

"This is a bitter sweet commemoration. There have been great success stories in the past year, but let us not forget our people still suffering," Jackson County Supervisor Tim Broussard said.

County supervisors stood with a crowd of about 100 on the courthouse steps in Pascagoula to dedicate a special plaque honoring survivors and victims of Hurricane Katrina.

"This plaque is dedicated to all the storm's victims, along with residents and volunteers who work to overcome the unprecedented natural disaster," Broussard said.

The plaque was placed at the courthouse's most used entrance as a daily reminder of what happened on August 29, 2005.  

"The water height got, I would imagine, eight to ten feet in this area, and submerged automobiles outside park in this area. To have a national disaster like this, we had to remember. It is important to give thanks and be appreciative of being alive, and going through the healing a rebuilding process," Norvel said.

Supervisor Frank Leach agrees. He said the plaque is a reminder of just how important it is to look forward to South Mississippi's post-Katrina future.

"We can dwell in the past a long time. That is what usually happens when we experience pain like we did on the coast. But we have to get past that and spread our wings like a butterfly and move forward," Leach said.

Duplicate plaques will be on display in the Fountain Bleau area and in St. Martin. During the ceremony, the Board of Supervisors also honored Emergency Operations Manger Butch Loper for his service to the county during and after Katrina.

By Patrice Clark

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