Of importance in Mississippi, and standing shoulder to shoulder with charitable donations, is our heritage. Yes, indeed, because you see we take care of our own. Recent case in point is, of course, Katrina.
While others were competing for national government attention and media coverage, Gov. Barbour put a distress call out to the citizens of Mississippi. The giving spirit flowed over the entire state as hospitals and clinics kicked on their generators and worked tirelessly hour after hour ministering to the many needs, and there were so many needs. Mississippi volunteer fire departments along with Mississippi Reserve and Guard Units gathered by the thousands with chainsaws, and just plain out muscle, to lift the many pine trees and other debris torn and scattered over streets, houses and vehicles – clearing the roads to make way for help that was pouring south from our entire state. The churches and community clubs also threw into the mix by organizing soup kitchens, distributing water, personal items and, most importantly, sweet Christians just there to hold the hands and give hugs to their neighbors throughout the state who were so torn apart - not only their possessions, but their very souls.
I know the Katrina story is not new-news, but as Mississippians we must continue to uplift our state and her actions during one of the darkest hours in our state history, and the Katrina story is Mississippi heritage at its best. It’s a piece of state history that will be long remembered if we as Mississippians pay attention and make certain the correct Katrina facts are taught instead of the Monday-morning-quarterbacking-hype that still remains large in present-day political commentaries whether by hard print or online, and dear Mississippians, the misquotes and innuendo’s continue daily. It is important that we read, listen, investigate and be aware in order to record the worthy Katrina/Mississippi actions that actually took place. We must insist that the Mississippi-Katrina record is straight and accurate. No one is going to do it for us.