DESTIN — A Crestview woman is asking for help to find an American flag that fell off her boat Sunday somewhere near Crab Island.
KaSandra Gray went to Crab Island that morning with her family and friends. After a day out on the water, the group decided to pack up about 5 p.m. and head to shore.
The family began to head north to a boat ramp, but noticed the flag was missing when they were about 10 minutes away from Crab Island.
“We had just gotten into the deeper part of the water and we hit a few chops,” she said. “And my stepson says, ‘Hey, the American flag is missing.’ ”
When they packed up for the day, the flag was moved from a pole on the top of the boat to a lower fishing pole holder. Gray said it probably fell off when they hit some bumps.
They immediately turned the boat around and slowly drove back to Crab Island. The searched to the left and right for the flag, but could not find it.
Gray said she hopes another boater found the flag and she can have it returned soon because it holds a special place in her heart.
Gray has been in the Air Force for nearly 14 years and is stationed at Hurlburt Field. She bought the flag before her first deployment overseas, and it has been with her ever since.
“My very first deployment, I decided that I wanted to get a flag for me and get a flag for my parents,” she said. “I flew that for the first 20 combat missions of my Air Force career.”
The flag flew on a plane over Afghanistan, at her home in Omaha, Nebraska, and at her home in Crestview. It’s been with her for more than 10 years, before the birth of her children, and she planned to treasure it for years to come.
“It was something meaningful for me and something I could carry with me throughout my career and hopefully be my retirement flag,” she said.
If you find the flag, contact Daily News reporter Alicia Adams at (850) 315-4443.