Mississippi Power is flying Mississippi’s new bicentennial banner on flagpoles at 11 of the company’s offices across the service territory.
The banner, which was unveiled in October at the Mississippi Economic Council’s Hobnob event in Jackson, will be the state’s unifying symbol next year as citizens celebrate Mississippi’s 200th anniversary of statehood on Dec. 10, 2017.
“The MEC, our state chamber of commerce, had the banner designed to help draw attention and raise interest in our state’s bicentennial,” said President and CEO Anthony Wilson, who serves on the MEC board of directors. “This will be a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase Mississippi and celebrate all of the things that make our state so great.”
The banner features red, white and blue stripes with the state seal in the middle with 1817 to the left and 2017 to the right.
“Our state seal is beautiful,” said MEC President Blake Wilson at the banner unveiling. “It’s right in the middle and it really is a great way of celebrating what we have got ahead of us. Let’s have some fun, let’s enjoy Mississippi and let’s rally around something everybody can relate to.”
Nearly 200 bicentennial banners are flying in high visibility locations around the state as a show of support, including offices of BancorpSouth, Barksdale Management, Huntington Ingalls and Sanderson Farms.