Laura Bush visits the Pine Belt

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - Hattiesburg's Lake Terrace Convention Center was filled Thursday with about a thousand people eager to hear from former First Lady, Laura Bush.

Mrs. Bush was in the Pine Belt to give the keynote address at Forrest General Hospital's sixth annual Spirit of Women spring event.

The former First Lady touched on a variety of topics during her speech. They included her family, eight years in the White House and the new reality our country faced after the terrorist attacks of 2001.

Mrs. Bush also offered her sympathies for those who lost loved ones during recent severe weather that impacted the south.

"A lot of people in Mississippi and in Alabama have lost loved ones. And it's terrible to lose your home, but it's really bad to lose somebody you love so I urge all of you to reach out to your neighbors," said Laura Bush.

Many people in attendance Thursday said Bush's speech was personal in nature and led many in the audience to learn more about this very public woman.

The program also featured several Spirit in Action award recipients. Those honors were given to eight people in the Pine Belt, who have made positive contributions to the community.

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