Moss Point to mark “pivotal moment” in Mississippi history

Moss Point to mark “pivotal moment” in Mississippi history
The magnolia centered banner chosen Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 by the Mississippi State Flag Commission flies outside the Old State Capitol Museum in downtown Jackson, Miss. The nine member committee voted to recommend a design with the state flower. That design will go on the November ballot for voters consideration and if approved, it will become the new state flag. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) (Source: Rogelio V. Solis)

MOSS POINT, Miss. (WLOX) - Tuesday’s workday at Moss Point City Hall will begin unlike any other day in city history as leaders hold a ceremony to raise Mississippi’s “In God We Trust” flag over the River City. 

Public Relations Manager Andrea Little says the 8:30 a.m. celebration will commemorate “this pivotal moment in Mississippi and Moss Point history.” That’s why they’re inviting the community to take part in the flag raising. Of course, they ask everyone to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

In November, Mississippi voters overwhelmingly supported the new flag design. Monday, Gov. Tate Reeves signed a bill into law that makes the magnolia design the official state flag.

“Today, we turn the page. We commit our former flag to history and we commit ourselves to the business of the future,” Reeves said at Monday’s signing. “It is one small effort to unify, but it is done in good faith that we can work together, that we can put aside our differences, that we can be neighbors in this state and in this country, that we can be partners for the greater good. Our differences do not make us weak; They make us stronger. That’s only true if we can unite under one banner and one calling to love one another.”

Mississippi’s Republican Party released a statement after the bill signing ceremony. 

“What a remarkable thing to see Mississippi officially raise a flag that guides us forward,” MSGOP Chairman Frank Bordeaux said. “Many have worked their entire lives to see this moment through to its fruition, working within Mississippi to change Mississippi. I am grateful to have played a role in this process through service on the flag commission and believe we have adopted a symbol that Mississippians are proud to call their own. May it fly with honor and may those of us under it be proud of what we have achieved together.”

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