Since the Arlington, Texas amusement park opened in 1961, there have been six flags flying over its grounds. But from now on, according to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, there will be only one flag.
As of this morning (Friday, Aug. 18), only the U.S. flag will fly over Six Flags. The other five — France, Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas and the Confederacy — representing the five other countries to which Texas has “belonged,” are being removed.
The change came, park officials said, in response to the violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., caused when Nazis and white supremacists “rallied” supposedly in support of Confederate monuments and symbols. One woman, Heather Heyer, was killed and numerous others injured when a white supremacists drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.
Six Flags spokeswoman Sharon Parker said, “We always choose to focus on celebrating the things that unite us versus those that divide us. As such, we have changed the flag displays in our parks to feature American flags.”
The name of the park and its parent company, Six Flags Entertainment, will remain the same. Six Flags Entertainment operates 20 theme parks in the U.S., Mexico and Canada, but other than the Arlington park, only Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio and Six Flags Over Georgia flew all six flags. Those parks will now only fly the American flag as well.