Beauty in Biloxi.The Great American Cleanup event happens every year in communities around the nation, but this year's campaign has special meaning here in Mississippi. With a goal of helping to beautify the hurricane-ravaged coast, Keep America Beautiful Keep America Beautiful is an environmental organization founded in 1953. It is the largest community improvement organization in the United States, with over 560 affiliate organizations (similar to local chapters) and more than 15,000 participating communities in their signature held its national Great American Cleanup kickoff ceremony in Biloxi in March.
More than 750 volunteers from around the country converged on the Town Green along with blues performers and marching bands for the kickoff before spreading out to work in four designated cleanup zones in Biloxi. In Glennon Guice Park, volunteers replanted the Purple Heart Purple Heart
U.S. medal awarded to those wounded in military action. [Am. Hist.: Misc.]
See : Bravery Memorial Garden and restored a fountain and Moby Dick Moby Dick
pursued by Ahab and crew of Pequod. [Am. Lit.: Moby Dick]
See : Quarry
white whale pursued relentlessly by Captain Ahab; “It was the whiteness of the whale that above all things appalled me. sculpture. City and county officials and military personnel pitched in to clean up an area by Edgewater Mall and along the shore. Another group of volunteers spent their day at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a Christian feast day commemorating the birth of the Virgin Mary. In Western Christianity, it is celebrated on September 8. Elementary School elementary school: see school. , where they replanted school gardens and removed debris from the surrounding neighborhood. And at the Town Green itself, national sponsor Troy-Bilt led volunteers in restoring grass, planting flowers, and creating a community reading garden.
Now in its 21st year, the Great American Cleanup mobilizes volunteers each spring to clean, beautify, and improve their communities. The 2006 cleanup campaign is expected to draw some 2.5 million volunteers in all 50 states.
Collaborators for the Biloxi program included Keep Mississippi Beautiful/PAL, the city, and the Harrison County Beautification beau·ti·fy
tr. & intr.v. beau·ti·fied, beau·ti·fy·ing, beau·ti·fies
To make or become beautiful.
Great American Cleanup activities will continue through May 31 and will involve additional debris removal and tree plantings, disposal of electronic debris, educational programs, and seashore litter cleanup. To get involved, see www.kab.org or call Keep Mississippi Beautiful at 601/853-4441.