New flag portrays area, culture

Kaplan residents can now proudly display a new flag that represents the city and its culture.

The 3x5 foot flag is made with a durable marine acrylic material that is made to withstand the outside elements.

“The crawfish, rice, egret, palmetto, and fleur de lis, all symbolize our culture and the area in which we live,” said Mayor Linda Hardee.

Councilman Kevin Guidry said the wording of “Gateway to the Wetlands” was originated by Connie Kaplan, the founder of The Kaplan Herald and is found on the front page of every Herald newspaper still today.

Klebe’ Meaux of Kaplan sketched the original drawing of the flag several years ago.

“We heard from many people who wanted something that would represent our city,” said Hardee. “We asked Klebe’ to use his drawing on a Kaplan flag.”

“It is good to have a visual symbol that will represent our city,” said Charlotte Broussard, President of the Kaplan Arts Committee.

Several Kaplanites who are traveling to Hanuut, Belgium (Kaplan’s twin city), will be presenting a flag to their host family as a thank you gift.

The price of the flag is $53.52. Tax is included in the price.

Anyone interested in purchasing a flag can do so by going to the City Hall or calling 643-8602.

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