Events to Observe Katrina’s 9th Anniversary in Hancock Co.

This year marks the 9-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Two events will be held at the new Waveland Ground Zero Hurricane Museum in remembrance of the storm’s victims and as a tribute to the first responders, volunteers, and the resilience of the Hancock County community.

On Thursday, August 28th, “Tailgating at Ground Zero” will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the museum, featuring live music and a hamburger slider cook-off between First Responder groups from Hancock County. Sliders will be $3 each, and complimentary snowballs and soft drinks will be served. A ribbon cutting will also be held to unveil two new museum exhibits; the Solveig Wells’ collection of quilts made from fabric collected after the storm; and the “beach children” art of Dawn Evans.

LiLi Stahler Murphy, manager of Waveland’s Ground Zero Hurricane Museum, believes that this event will be an extraordinary tribute to the strength of Hancock County and its First Responders.

“With this new museum in Waveland, we now have an opportunity to not only recognize what these brave men and women did when Katrina hit, but we also want to signify what they do each and every day,” Stahler Murphy said.

On Friday, August 29th, the Hurricane Katrina Memorial Service will be held at the Ground Zero Museum beginning at 9 AM. The names of those who lost their lives will be read by various community leaders from Bay St. Louis, Waveland, Hancock County and Diamondhead.
Scheduled speakers include Waveland Mayor David Garcia, Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame, Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer, and Hancock County Board of Supervisors President Lisa Cowand. Hancock Chamber Executive Director Tish Williams will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for the event.

Plenty of free parking will be available along Coleman Avenue in Waveland. Admission to both events is free, but donations are appreciated to support awareness and education efforts at the museum.

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