The Biloxi Lighthouse, the city’s signature landmark, will be featured on Mississippi license plates issued beginning Oct. 1.
Said Joe Blount, state commissioner of revenue: “This tag design is intended to be a reminder to us of all those who lost so much from Katrina, to serve as a symbol of our citizens’ commitment to recovery as well as a symbol of our gratitude to all Americans for their prayers and generous support.”
The Biloxi Lighthouse has long been recognized as a landmark of Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, a sentinel erected in 1848 to aid ships navigating the Mississippi Sound. Throughout its 159 years, it has survived a score of hurricanes, including the great storms of 1947 and 1969.
“And on August 29, 2005,” the state said in a release, “it stood defiant against the wind and surge of Katrina. Today, it is no longer just a beacon to seafarers, but a tangible testament of resilience. The Biloxi Lighthouse stands proud and tall representing those who weathered the storm.”
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