State flag taken down for retirement ceremony

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Mississippi officials held a ceremony today to retire the former state flag, a day after Governor Tate Reeves signed a new law to remove it from the state.

The new law required a ceremony for the ‘prompt, dignified, and respectful removal’ of the banner. Honor Guard members pulled the flag down from the flag pole and folded it ahead of a retirement ceremony.

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The flag was then presented to Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann and House Speaker Philip Gunn, who helped deliver it to the Museum of Mississippi History.

Mississippi will be without a flag for at least a few months, but a commission will design a new one without the Confederate symbol and it must have the words “In God We Trust.”

Voters will be asked to approve the design in the November 3rd election. If they reject it, the commission will draft a different design using the same guidelines to be sent to voters later.

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