Gulfport holds remembrance ceremony on 53rd anniversary of Hurricane Camille

Today marks the 53rd anniversary of Hurricane Camille. The category five storm killed 143 people when it slammed into South Mississippi.

Every year, those victims are honored during a small ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery in Gulfport. That’s where three unidentified women were buried. They are referred to as ‘faith, hope, and charity.’

This morning, just as in year’s past, fresh flowers were placed on their graves and there was a moment of silence.

The annual ceremony is a powerful reminder about how dangerous hurricanes can be. Former Harrison County EMA Director Rupert Lacy said, “The strength of the storm, as a young child waking up the next morning, devastation. We thought we would never see the Coast like that again. History repeated itself in 2005, even greater. So, Mother Nature really does show its vengeance sometimes and the bad part is we do lose human life because people don’t take necessary precautions.”

Camille packed winds estimated at 200 miles per hour. A total of 256 lives along the Gulf Coast were lost in its wake.

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