JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - It was a tragic explosion that claimed the lives of 11 oil workers, leading to one of the worst disasters in recent memory.
Tuesday a memorial service for the crew members of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig was held at the Jackson Convention Center.
Of the 126 member crew, 115 were safely evacuated. Four of those who lost their lives were Mississippi natives. Karl Kleppinger, Aaron Burkeen, Dewey Revette, and Shane Roshto were among those whose lives were honored.
The memorial was filled with prayer, song and personal tributes about the men who died in the accident, which triggered a massive oil spill.
Several hundred people attended today's memorial, including the families of those who lost their lives and survivors of the oil rig blast.
Steven Newman, CEO of Transocean addressed the crowd saying, "We honor and celebrate the fruitful lives of these men, these courageous men and remember that what we say is only an inadequate expression of what is in our hearts. Blair and Gordon, rest in peace, we will never forget you, or the ones you loved."
Out of respect for the families and friends of the crew members, this was a private event, news cameras were not allowed inside.
The tribute to the oil workers also included musical tributes by Trace Adkins and Diamond Rio, who played live at the convention center.
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