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Katrina anniversary observed in South Mississippi today

South Mississippi residents and visitors are taking time today to observe the second-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

The day started with sunrise services along the Coast, as well as a live report from Pass Christian's Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America."

The day will continue with services, dedications and new project announcements as the rebuilding continues, as well as a visit from President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.

The Sun Herald staff is fanning out across South Mississippi to bring our readers a look at how the day is observed.

Check back at sunherald.com for more updates as they come in, and don't forget to read Thursday's editions for complete coverage of the day.

GULFPORT

Residents, community leaders and city officials gathered at Jones Park this morning to remember the storm that ravaged the Coast and celebrate the progress made in the last two years.

A firetruck with an American flag hanging from it was parked near the platform, and a bell was rung as Mayor Brent Warr read the names of Gulfport residents who died in Katrina.

"This is not about what happened to us," Warr said. "It's about what we've done. I hope we can continue to draw strength from each other."

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