Camping World of Panama City Honors Local Armed Forces

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - A local business is honoring our country and local armed forces all year round. 

Camping World of Panama City put up a flag pole last year that stands between 120 and 130 feet tall.

The store held a ceremony Saturday to dedicate a 3,200 square foot American Flag to local military men and women. The flag is to be used as a symbol of remembrance for those who have served and are still serving our country.

"We wanted to do a natural dedication ceremony this year to honor the local military since Panama City is such a big military town with Tyndall, the NSA base. We wanted to do something," said Camping World manager Alex Smythe.

Members from the Navy base and the Tyndall Color Guard attended the flag dedication ceremony. A local veteran and American Legion member gave a speech about the military, the community and what the flag means to him.

"The perseverance of the United States to become the greatest country in the world. And the veterans and our forefathers that have come before us," Jon Jaillite said.

After placing the pole in the ground, Camping World planted flowers and added a bench for visitors to come sit under the flag.

A plaque was also placed in front of the pole to honor all of the men and women who served and protected our country. 

The sitting area will be accessible to anyone who wishes to visit and remember those who fought for our freedom.

Members of local scout troops lead everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance one the flag was raised.

"Thanks for all the military men and women that fought for us and got the country to freedom," Boy Scout member Mack Latiolais said.

If you do not have time to stop by to check out the newest addition to Camping World, do not worry because you can see it as you drive passed on 23rd Street.


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