Bishop, students to launch day of Katrina remembrance

The ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina will be a day of remembrance in Biloxi, beginning Friday morning with the city’s annual Katrina memorial observance on the Town Green, and showings of the documentary “Katrina & Biloxi” on Cable One and at the Biloxi Visitors Center.

Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, marks the ninth anniversary of the catastrophic storm striking Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Fifty-two lives were lost in Biloxi, and as many as 5,000 of the city’s 25,000 homes and businesses were destroyed.

Bishop Roger Morin of the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi will be among the participants in the 8:30 a.m memorial observance on the Town Green, along with Mayor A.J. Holloway, and vocalist Monica Boudreaux of Biloxi. Reading the names of the Biloxi victims of Katrina will be Biloxi High School seniors  Emily Cvitanovich and Reagan Norwood, and St. Patrick Catholic High School sophomores Andrew Lechner and J.R. Riojas.

The program, conducted near the Katrina Memorial on the Town Green, is expected to run about 15 minutes, closing with Boudreaux offering an a cappella rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

Meantime, over at the Biloxi Visitors Center, “Katrina & Biloxi: A Story of Resolve and Resilience” will be shown throughout the day in the 64-seat, handicapped-accessible theater on the second floor of the center. The free screenings of the award-winning 48-minute documentary, produced by the city of Biloxi and on sale online and at the Visitors Center, will begin at the top of every hour from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additionally, Cable One in Biloxi, as a public service, will air the documentary at 10:30 a.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Cable 16 for its Biloxi audience.
See photos of the 2013 observance
See a two-minute clip from ‘Katrina & Biloxi’
Order the DVD and photo album online