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[MS] funeral home to honor Katrina victims
Local funeral home to honor Katrina victims
The Mississippi Press
MOSS POINT -- In an effort to honor those who died as a result of Hurricane Katrina's fury, a local funeral home is planning a celebration of life.
Heritage Funeral Home, 9721 Main St., will host a memorial service on Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. to remember the fallen. Cindy Frederic, funeral home co-owner, said the event will be an uplifting celebration.
"We are so proud to be able to do something for those we lost and for the community that still mourns," Frederic said. "This memorial helps us to remember those we love."
According to the funeral home, 13 Jackson County residents died as a direct result of the storm. Two of them were never identified.
The service will also highlight those who died as a direct result of the hurricane, although there is no way to determine how many people are in this group, Frederic said.
In conjunction with the Jackson County Historical Society, the funeral home is asking citizens to donate sentimental items of remembrance that will be placed in a memorial.
Society chairman Liz Ford said the donated photographs will be scanned and preserved in memorials in the Jackson-George County Library System genealogy departments.
"This memorial is a wonderful opportunity to capture the event," Ford said. "We (the society) were trying to find a way to handle the anniversary and this is a perfect opportunity."
Sherry Owens, direct of genealogy for the library system, said the contribution will be an essential one in the history of Jackson County.
"Unfortunately, Katrina is a really important part of history in the county, so any information that we can gather on it will be useful in the genealogy department," Owens said.
The service will include a dedication of the memorial, a landscaped reflection garden and a brief recognition of unsung heroes in the community.
"We will recognize those in our community who were true heroes during the storm, including unsung heroes here at Heritage who showed their loyalty and dedication when the Gulf Coast needed them most," Frederic said.
Jackson County Supervisor Manly Barton, a member of Rebuild Jackson County, will give a speech on the future and recovery of the area, Frederic added.
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