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Hurricane Katrina Remembrance Event to Honor First Responders

GULFPORT, Miss.–The tenth anniversary of Katrina is less than one month away and you can bet all the first responders and emergency crews who served the coast and other areas affected remember it quite clearly. A remembrance event was announced Thursday to honor those first responders.

It will be Friday, Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Gulfport, Miss., at Barksdale Pavilion in Jones Park, said a news release from Gov. and Mrs. Bryant and former governor and Mrs. Haley Barbour.

The event will feature music from the Bluz Boys Band from Jackson, Miss., and special entertainment from native Mississippian and five-time Grammy winning artist Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives.

“This will be a time when we can honor and thank all first responders from across the state who gave so much during the weeks and months following Hurricane Katrina. Many of them were already executing plans and procedures before it ever came on shore, and even more displayed bravery during and after the storm made landfall,” said Bryant. “It is my hope that we can remember the 238 Mississippians who were lost, while also reflecting on the achievements of the Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina swept through Mississippi ten years ago.”

First responders who are planning to attend are asked to RSVP to katrina10@gulfport-ms.gov by August 14.  Attendees will be asked to present a badge or first responder credential for entrance.

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