In honor of Flag Day, the Mackinac Bridge flew an extra large American flag from its overpass Thursday. 

A view of the large flag was posted Thursday morning on the Michigan Department of Transportation's Traverse City page. 

Bob Sweeney, Secretary Mackinac Bridge Authority, said the flag was placed on the bridge at 5:45 a.m. Thursday morning and was taken down at noon. 

"We had to take it down just after noon because the wind started to pick up and it's safer for our guys to take it down when it's less windy," Sweeney said. "This is the second time the flag has been placed on the bridge this year."

Sweeney said the board has approved the flag to be placed on the bridge six times a year — on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Sept. 11 and Veteran's Day. 

The Mackinac Bridge Authority purchased the 30-foot by 60-foot flag in 2016 and first flew it Memorial Day of last year.  Photos of the flag flying at the bridge on Memorial Day reached more than 1.1 million people that year. 

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