Petal votes to keep the state flag flying
PETAL, MS (WDAM) - While some cities across the state are taking the state flag down, Petal has voted to keep it flying in front of all city buildings.
On Tuesday, July 7, the city board of aldermen, in a unanimous vote, passed a resolution supporting the display of the state flag at all city owned locations.
Petal Mayor, Hal Marx, says the flag is the Mississippi state flag and they are obligated to flying it.
"We did this because we noticed some cities are taking down the state flag," Marx said, "We feel like until there's a directive stating that the flag no longer represents the state of Mississippi, that it should fly at all of our public buildings."
In 2001, a vote was taken whether or not to keep the flag and a 64% majority of Mississippians approved of keeping it in it's current design.
Mayor Hal Marx says that the city government is an entity of the state of Mississippi and so therefore, Petal is under the state and our state flag represents us.
"We respect everyone's viewpoint but you have to understand that by removing a symbol, it does not change what people feel in their heart." said Marx, "I think a lot of times in our politically correct society today, people are easy to take offense to a lot of different things but you have to work within the majority of what people agree to and right now the majority of Mississippians want to keep and fly the flag of Mississippi.