First responders should RSVP today for Jones Park commemoration

First responders who want to go to the big shindig down at Jones Park in Gulfport should let the organizers by the end of the day today (Aug. 14).

If anyone deserves a special event  centered on Katrina, it's the first responders who were on the frontlines of the rescue during and after the storm and who kept us safe in those wild early days of the recovery.

And even if this kind of ceremony is not your thing,  Mary Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives will be there to entertain. I knew if I stuck around long enough I'd find something Gov. Phil Bryant agreed with me on. And here it is. Apparently we're both fans.

The Bluz Boys Band from Jackson will also appear.

It's a great way to say thank you to those wonderful people who put their lives on the line during the storm. It will be held on Friday, Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Barksdale Pavilion in Jones Park. 

“This will be a time when we can honor and thank all first responders from across the state who gave so much during the weeks and months following Hurricane Katrina. Many of them were already executing plans and procedures before it ever came on shore, and even more displayed bravery during and after the storm made landfall,” Bryant said. “It is my hope that we can remember the 238 Mississippians who were lost, while also reflecting on the achievements of the Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina swept through Mississippi ten years ago.”

Attendees will be asked to present a badge or first responder credential for entrance.