She's a co-anchor for Good Morning America and a woman beloved by her city. She's Robin Roberts. The mayor of Pass Christian, Leo Chipper McDermott, proclaimed August 25th, 2007, as Robin Roberts Day. The city honored its hometown girl, one who's done so much to bring attention to Pass Christian's plight post-Katrina.
"I've been very blessed to have some honors in my life, but this one's at the very very top," says Robin Roberts.
The community salute also paid homage to first responders who put their lives on the line not just during Katrina but every day.
"It's always nice to know you're appreciated, and we try to do the best job we can to protect the citizens," says Tom Ruspoli, Assistant Chief of Pass Christian police.
Mayor McDermott spoke about some of the city's successes in the past two years, including 3 new restaurants, a fitness center and future plans to build a 29 million dollar K-8 school. Roberts says moving forward is critical to the cities recovery.
"You have to continue focusing on the solution and not the problem, when you do that you feel empowered. Everyone should know here they are resilient. They are moving forward. Yes, they still need help, but they are helping themselves," says Roberts.
While the effort to rebuild what Katrina destroyed continues, the people of the Pass have kept their contagious spirit to enjoy life.
"Just come on down to the Pass. We're going to have a good time, and we know how to throw a party here in the Pass," says Roberts.
When it comes to this hometown girl, she says the people of the Pass can always count on her to come through.
"The Pass will always be my home, and you'll always be in my hearts wherever I go," says Roberts as she accepts the plaque that proclaimed August 25, 2007 'Robin Roberts Day in Pass Christian."
To help first responders in their efforts to serve the community, the mayor says the city has purchased 9 acres on Espy Avenue outside the flood zone to build a communications center.
As for Robin Roberts, she's back in town for the second anniversary of Katrina, plus she was doing a book signing at a local book store.