City of Pass Christian remembers Hurricane Katrina
Saturday communities along the Coast held ceremonies in recognition of the 15th anniversary of the day Hurricane Katrina made landfall.
Pass Christian Mayor Chipper McDermott hosted a Katrina Memorial Ceremony in War Memorial Park overlooking the Gulf, the body of water that covered the town in 27.8 feet of storm surge 15 years ago.
The local Boy Scouts troop raised the flag, followed by words from Mayor McDermott and Governor Tate Reeves.
Governor Reeves placed a wreath on the Katrina Memorial, where 28 names of Pass Christian residents who lost their lives during the storm are etched in stone.
Reflecting on the tough times the year 2005 brought to the Coast reminded Governor Reeves of the obstacles 2020 has presented Mississippians as well. “Well, I’ll tell you 2020 has been a bit of a deja vu because in Jackson, 120 miles north of here, we lost power in our state office building for seven or eight days, so I spent a good bit of time right after Katrina in the Governor’s conference room in the Governor’s mansion and because of COVID and all the natural disasters that we have faced in 2020, I spend most of every day in that same conference room that I was in during Hurricane Katrina as State Treasurer working with then Governor Hayley Barbour. So, it’s been a challenging year, but we’re going to come out on the other end and be even better.”
Governor Reeves also attended a wreath laying ceremony at the Katrina Memorial on the Biloxi Town Green.