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Elvis' Army uniform, found after Hurricane Katrina, back for Hard Rock opening

The Army uniform worn by Elvis Presley, which was found on a mannequin in the Mississippi Sound after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf region, will be back on display at the Hard Rock Biloxi casino resort when it opens in July.

The uniform is among dozens of items strewn across the Mississippi coast after Katrina struck in August 2005.

B.B. King's original guitar "Lucille" will return along with the guitars of Johnny Cash and KISS, Joe Billhimer, the casino's chief executive officer, told The Sun Herald newspaper.

Some of the rock 'n' roll artifacts will be in pristine condition, but others will be part of a Katrina memorial collage. Everything else will be new inside the casino resort, including a display in honor of James Brown.

"It's a big deal for us to get back open, but we do think it's also a big deal for people on the coast to see it back open," Billhimer told the newspaper. "It keeps revitalization going. It shows that we and a lot of others believe in the revitalization of the Coast."

The Hard Rock was destroyed by Katrina two days before the casino was scheduled to open.

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