Coast People React To News That More Terrorism Is Inevitable

Kathleen Massarini placed a bouquet of flowers on Ocean Springs' Merchant Marine Memorial. The flowers symbolized her family's love for two seamen, William Gilmore and Alexander Gilmore.

"The seamen in our family go back generations," Massarini said. "To us, being a seaman's family is a way of life."

The Gilmores' defended America when the country was at war. Decades later, the United States is fighting a new war, this time against terrorists.

Mary Cornelius said she can't stop thinking about the danger America now faces.

"I think that tragedy may happen again," the Ocean Springs resident said right after the memorial service ended. "But as far as our nation, we still strive together to protect everyone."

William Jakes was a Merchant Marine during World War II. He attended the Merchant Marine memorial service. After it was over, Jakes admitted that he's more afraid of America's new crisis against terrorism than he was in Normandy 60 years ago.

"I realize that you can't protect 280,000,000 people spread out over a vast area like this, as bit as our country is," Jakes said. "But you have got to be vigilant, be on guard for things that may happen unexpected."

The federal government now says it's inevitable that someday, suicide bombers will strike somewhere in this country. Which means buildings and lives will likely be destroyed.

Former U.S. Navy Armed Guard James Lynam attended the Ocean Springs memorial service. He said he wasn't worried about the future terrorist threats.

"I think they're getting scared over nothing really," Lynam said, "because you can't predict things like that any more than you can the weather."

On Tuesday, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge said the latest terror warnings haven't raised the nationwide alert status, because the information about the possible attacks is too vague.