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Controversy On The Beach 1 A big issue in the South today has arisen from the confederate battle flag that was used during the Civil War Many people argue that the battle flag should fly across the southern states In Harrison County Mississippi there has been controversy over the issue to continue flying the battle flag After the state was awarded to keep its own flag with the symbol of the confederate flag on it many angry citizens in Harrison County want the confederate battle flag to come down Both sides present a good argument pertaining the flag issue The Eight Flags Beach was originally part of a private theme park that opened in the late 1960s The park had always included the confederate battle flag to represent the era during which Mississippi was part of the Confederacy Since the 1970s the display has been debated on and off at many supervisors meetings The flag was initially intended to represent the eight governments that had ruled over Mississippi since 1699 With that being the case many citizens from Harrison County feel that the confederate flag would have to be a legitimate part of the display since Mississippi was a part of the Confederate States of America The issue of heritage was brought in and discussed thoroughly in meetings and discussions Some Gulfport residents feel that the confederate flag is a symbol of ongoing heritage that was brought on from the brave soldiers who fought in the bloody Civil War They say that it would dishonor those who lost their life in the war if the flag were to be brought down The residents in favor of keeping the flag say in defense
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