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Sense of place

The concept that Biloxi is one of a kind was evident again this week. The same night the number two man in the U.S. military was in town to speak at Salute to the Military, hundreds of residents were wandering through the Old Biloxi Cemetery learning about the characters who lived in the city before them.

Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, vacationed in the Biloxi area when he was growing up in Chicago. He made himself right at home, greeting Biloxi native and Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise and taking time to speak personally to the World War II veterans in the crowd.

The Cemetery Tour has become a favorite Halloween tradition in Biloxi and it shows that everyone has a story if you dig deep enough.

Biloxi is one of the oldest cities in America and its roots and military tradition give it an unmistakable sense of place.