Camille Remembrance events in Gulfport

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People all across the Gulf Coast took time this weekend to remember Hurricane Camille’s landfall in South Mississippi.

State and local officials, along with members of the public, gathered at Evergreen Cemetery in Gulfport Saturday morning to remember the three unidentified victims of the storm with a flower ceremony.

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National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham and MEMA Director Greg Michel also visited the Harrison County EOC yesterday to speak with residents about their storm experiences and look at historic photos and artifacts. Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes said, “I think, given our values here in South Mississippi, we understand that it is important to give the proper respect to those who have gone before and show the appreciation for those who are here making a difference and helping us rebuild, whether it was 50 years ago, whether it was 15 years ago.”

Harrison County EMA Director Rupert Lacy said, “Camille was the benchmark, but unfortunately there will be something else and we don’t want to let our guard down.”

Governor Phil Bryant declared the week of August 11th through the 17th as ‘Hurricane Camille 50th Anniversary Commemoration Week.”