S 0117 General Bill, By Bryant, McConnell, Verdin, and Ryberg – TO AMEND CHAPTER 3, TITLE 56 OF THE 1976 CODE, BY ADDING ARTICLE 109, TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES MAY ISSUE GADSDEN FLAG SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES.
Whereas, Christopher Gadsden led the Sons of Liberty in South Carolina; and
Whereas, Christopher Gadsden was made a Colonel in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; and
Whereas, in 1775, Colonel Gadsden was representing South Carolina in the Continental Congress; and
Whereas, Colonel Gadsden and Congress appointed Esek Hopkins to serve as Commander in Chief of the Navy; and
Whereas, Colonel Gadsden presented Commodore Hopkins with a distinctive personal standard that is now recognized as the Gadsden Flag; and
Whereas, Colonel Gadsden presented a copy of the flag to the South Carolina legislature which identified the flag as “an elegant standard, such as it is to be used by the commander-in-chief of the American navy; being a yellow field, with a lively representation of a rattle-snake in the middle, in the attitude of going to strike, and these words underneath, ‘Don’t Tread on Me'”; and
Whereas, the Gadsden Flag has long been recognized as a symbol of American independence, freedom, and liberty. Now, therefore, Read the bill