Katrina observances continue through evening

“Heroes Helping Heroes,” a salute to the hundreds of first responders traveling to Biloxi in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, takes place this afternoon at 2 in the Saenger Theater.

The 30-minute program, which is open to the public, will feature remarks by Biloxi Police Chief Bruce Dunagan, Biloxi Fire Chief David Roberts and Atlanta Fire Chief Dennis Rubin, along with the musical group Collective Voice and the Biloxi premiere of the Atlanta Fire Department’s 14-minute DVD “Heroes Helping Heroes.”

The Saenger also will be hosting continuous showings of “Katrina & Biloxi,” the city’s 50-mintue documentary, hourly through 5 p.m. The 50-minute documentary also airs Coastwide on Cable One’s Cable 13 this evening at 8 and 11.

Meantime, at 2 p.m. this afternoon, representatives of KaBOOM!, The Home Depot, Playworld and Hands On will help cut the ribbon on the new playground at John Henry Beck Park on Division Street in east Biloxi. To see photos from the site, taken this morning, click here.

See video from Town Green ceremony

WLOX has online video of the Biloxi memorial, including remarks by Sens. Trent Lott and Thad Cochran, Rep. Gene Taylor, Gov. Haley Barbour, Mayor A.J. Holloway and Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff. To visit the WLOX site to see the video files, click here.