Handful attends Camille observance; other news and notes

About two dozen residents gathered at the Hurricane Camille memorial in Biloxi today to mark the 39th anniversary of the Category 5 slamming into the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The 30-minute program – which featured a scripture reading, remarks by Mayor A.J. Holloway, a prayer and the reading of the names of Camille’s identified victims – was conducted at the newly restored memorial.

“This marker and what it stands for is an important part of our past and our future,” Holloway said. “We gather here today to pray for the souls of those who were lost in Camille. We pray for their families.

“We pray that we will remember the lessons of Camille. We pray that our children and our children’s children will see both Camille and Katrina as examples of the resolve and resilience of this community.”

To see photographs from the ceremony, click here.

News and notes

Fay update: Tropical Storm Fay, which was 135 miles west-southwest of Cuba this afternoon, continued moving west-northwest at 17 mph. At 1 p.m., Kay had maximum sustained winds were near 50 mph. To see storm prepredness info and a link to the latest advisories, click here.

Seafood poster: To see images from a reception to unveil the 2008 Biloxi Seafood Festival poster, click here.

Katrina observances: For background on observances to mark the upcoming third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, click here.