Internationally famous artist Wyland was in Destin for the official dedication of the worldâ€™s largest painted American flag mural. Itâ€™s an impressive 3.8 acres in size, located on the roof of Legendary Marina at the foot of the Destin Mid-Bay Bridge.
The mural honors the United States military armed forces who defend our country and all first responders who watch over and protect our communities.
The dedication event included the presentation of colors by Eglin Air Force Baseâ€™s
Honor Guard; a military aerial demonstration; the national anthem sung by Sr. Airman 1st
Class Christine David, one of thirty-seven Airmen selected to sing in the Tops in Blue global tour; invocation by Okaloosa County Sheriffâ€™s Office lead chaplain Larry Carter; God Bless America sung by hit TV show The Voice finalist Geoff McBride; and a closing prayer to honor the military and first responders by Destiny Worship Center pastor, Steve Vaggalis.
Keynote speakers included renowned environmental artist Wyland, who will officially autographed the flag; Lt. Col. Christine Mau, the first female F-35 Air Force fighter pilot; and Bobby Dove, the militaryâ€™s most wounded veteran to survive and now highly active with the Special Ops Wounded Warriors Foundation.
Guests were able to watch Wylandâ€™s finishing touches being painted on the flag streaming live via a large jumbotron video screen at ground level. Wyland and his Wyland Foundation, a non-profit public charity, are in the process of applying to the Guinness World Book of Records for the worldâ€™s largest mural of a flag distinction. The project is sponsored by Legendary Marine and Sherwin Williams.
This monumental work of art is especially inspirational because of the major military presence in Northwest Florida. Eglin Air Force Base, one of the largest bases in the world, is located just across the Choctawhatchee Bay. Military bases are also located in neighboring cities of Pensacola and Panama City.
When planes pass over, the huge flag mural will be seen by military, commercial, and private pilots as they fly over the area.