Mississippi officials have come up with a new design for the state flag months after ditching the flag that had been representing the state for 126 years.
In the stead of the Confederate emblem, the new state flag features a white magnolia flower encircled by white stars and the slogan ‘In God We Trust’.
According to the reports, the new design comes after three thousand suggestions the authorities have received from members of the public.
Eventually, the commission narrowed the pool of proposed flag designs and voted 8-1 for the magnolia design that will be put to the vote in November.
If the proposed design is accepted by the voters, it will become the new flag of the state of Mississippi. If rejected, however, the choosing process will restart.
Following the release of the proposed design, the banner was hoisted outside the Old State Capitol Museum in Jackson.
Speaking of the new flag, Governor Tate Reeves said: “I think they did a good job. It’s, I think, a well-done flag.”
Previously, on June 30, Mississippi state flags have been removed from the flagpoles outside the State Capitol after the government’s decision to strip the flag of its official status because of its ties to the Confederacy.
Following the removal of the flags, the banners have been officially retired and sent to a museum.
The historic bill backing the change of the Mississippi flag was signed by Gov. Reeves who insisted the decision was made “to lead our Mississippi family to come together.”
“This is not a political moment to me but a solemn occasion to lead our Mississippi family to come together, to be reconciled and to move on,” the governor expressed prior to the signing of the bill.
“We are a resilient people defined by our hospitality. We are a people of great faith. Now, more than ever, we must lean on that faith, put our divisions behind us, and unite for a greater good.”
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