Dozens rally in support of Mississippi flag in Laurel

Dozens rally in support of Mississippi flag in Laurel

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of Jones County-area residents hit the road Saturday afternoon to show their support for the Mississippi state flag.

About three dozen vehicles took part in a convoy through Laurel and other parts of Jones County. Most were flying either the state or Confederate flags.

Participants said they're concerned state officials will remove the Confederate battle emblem from the flag and they're planning a much larger rally in Jackson to demand that lawmakers keep it as it is.

"We need to wake up and take a stand," said Gena Butler, one of the rally organizers. "It's time for everybody to get off the couch and do like we are today and let everybody know we're not going anywhere and neither is that flag."

"It's nothing racist, there's nothing racist about this flag," said Brad Myrick, one of the rally participants. "We're just basically trying to show our government that this is what the people want. In 2001, the people voted on this to keep the state flag and keep the Confederate battle flag in our flag," he said.

Organizers said their rally in Jackson is being planned for Aug. 8.