Opening Ceremonies

Posted: May 12, 2008 in Justice

Interesting night at Biloxi’s Yankie Stadium as our Habitat for Humanity affiliate hosted the opening ceremonies of the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

In addition to the former President and First Lady, other dignitaries in attendance included Senator John Edwards (North Carolina), Senator Roger Wicker (Mississippi, who replaced Trent Lott), and the former president of Romania.

On the music front, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood were in attendance, as was Nashville recording artist, Anna Wilson, and the Mississippi Mass Choir.

President Carter’s speech was inspiring as expected, and it was simply a beautiful evening and a beautiful ceremony. The building begins in earnest tomorrow morning, and by week’s end there will be thirty new homes and thirty refurbished homes on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Over 1,700 volunteers from around the world are here to work this week.

It was wonderful to share the evening with my wife and daughters. I also enjoyed seeing an old friend in Eric Cullen, who is now working with the Habitat affiliate in Seattle, as well as many of my fellow board members.

I hope to report more as the week progresses. 

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