Today, for the first time since 1861, the state of Mississippi officially hoisted a new flag. The previous flag is being replaced by the In God We Trust flag, which was selected by a commission and voted by the public in the November 2020 elections.
The flag was ratified by the Mississippi legislature within the first two days of the 2021 session. HB 1 was elected by the House of Representatives and the Senate, so the bill could be officially forwarded to the governor, who incorporated it into law at 2:30 p.m. on Monday.
The signing took place at the two Mississippi museums before officials headed to the state capitol, where three flags were hoisted on the building. A flag was first presented to House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Presented to Governor Delbert Hosemann and one was brought by Governor Tate Reeves.
All four flags were hoisted in the Capitol. Three remain while the fourth was brought down and taken to the two Mississippi museums.
Philip Gunn, Speaker of the House, shared his thoughts with the crowd as to when the flag change was going through the legislature and how the members determined where their vote would be.
“When I spoke to people who voted to change flags, they motivated a question: ‘Can I look my children and grandchildren in the eyes and be proud of my voice? ‘The Mississippians answered them loud and clear once and for all. With an astonishing majority, we as a state agreed to show the world that we choose to be on the right side of history. This new flag boldly declares our trust in God as a state. As we enter a new year, a new session, may God bless our efforts and may God bless the state of Mississippi as we set sail under this new flag, ”said Spokesman Gunn.
“From our world-famous authors to the unparalleled beauty of our natural resources, Mississippi has always been a place of limitless potential. By ratifying the referendum and raising this new banner, we are signaling to the rest of the world that we are ready to reach this potential, are open to business and live up to our welcoming reputation for hospitality. Today we’re taking a giant step towards making Mississippi an even better place for our children and grandchildren, and I couldn’t be more proud of that, “said Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann in his remarks before the flags were hoisted.
“What a remarkable thing to see Mississippi officially hoist a flag to guide us forward,” said MSGOP Chairman Frank Bordeaux, a member of the Flag Commission. “Many have worked their entire lives to make this moment a reality and worked in Mississippi to change Mississippi. I am grateful to have played a role in this process through serving on the Flag Commission, and believe we have adopted an icon that Mississippians are proud to call themselves. May it fly with honor and may those of us under it be proud of what we have achieved together. “