[StBernard] Reminder about the Katrina Monument Rededication
Westley at da-parish.com
Fri Oct 10 21:13:00 EDT 2008
St. Bernard Parish to rededicate the Katrina Monument on Saturday, Oct. 11
Service on the storm's anniversary cancelled because of Hurricane Gustav
St. Bernard Parish will hold a brief rededication ceremony Saturday, Oct. 11
at 8:30 a.m. to mark the updated monument honoring the victims of Hurricane
Katrina at Shell Beach. The event that was to be held on the anniversary on
Aug. 29 had to be postponed because of the impending threat of Hurricane
However, Parish President Craig P. Taffaro Jr. said it would be respectful
to hold a small event to remember the victims and to have a public viewing
at the Shell Beach memorial site on the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet. It
now has a black granite face with 164 names of St. Bernard Parish victims
Hurricane Katrina who died as a result of the storm, whether it was during
the actual event or because of the evacuation.
The newly engraved and corrected monument includes about 20 more names and
corrected spellings for several of the initially listed victims. A few names
were removed because the people originally were listed as missing, but they
Since Taffaro began the effort to update the monument in early 2008,
relatives of victims called to provide death certificates to prove their
loved ones should be added. Also, Coroner Bryan Bertucci provided a list
from a combination of sources updated since the initial monument was erected
for the first anniversary in 2006. Unified Recovery Group, the parish
contractor for demolition and debris removal, funded the costs of updating
The theme of this year's anniversary events has been to focus on the
community's spirit and the ongoing recovery.
The list of the names of the victims as they appear on the memorial is as
Benny Butler Jr.
Robert J. Caire
Edward "Pete" Dugas
Harrison A. Duhon
Wilbur A. Hebert, Jr.
Todd J. Lopez
Matthew Muhoberac, Jr.
Joel C. Mumphrey
Jake Schiro Jr.
Henry Stafford Sr.
Mary Ann Trentecosta
Anna Marie Urquhart
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