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Ceremony marks return of American flag rescued during Hurricane Michael

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — It has been more than four weeks since Hurricane Michael devastated the eastern Florida Panhandle.

During WALA’s coverage of the storm and its aftermath, one of our crews rescued and recovered a tattered, wind-whipped American flag in Panama City Beach.

On Friday morning the flag was returned in a special flag retirement ceremony at the Trustmark Bank location where the flag was recovered. Veterans as well as Trustmark officials took part in the ceremony.

This American flag was rescued as Hurricane Michael stormed into the eastern Florida Panhandle.

This American flag was rescued as Hurricane Michael stormed into the eastern Florida Panhandle.