How to fold an american flag

There’s a traditional method for storing Old Glory when you take it down.

How to fold an american flag

How to fold an american flag

Flag etiquette is an important part of the American tradition that ensures the Stars and Stripes are treated with the dignity they deserve. Established by Congress in 1942, the official U.S. Flag Code created guidelines for the care and display of the flag. Although it does not describe an official method for folding the flag, the rules do state that you should never store a flag in a way where it can get torn, soiled, or damaged. You should also never let the flag touch anything beneath it, such as the ground or floor.

Over time, a triangular shape has become the traditional way to fold the flag and store it in a safe manner. According to the American Legion, the exact origin of this specific procedure is unknown, but it may trace back to the Gold Star Mothers of America or the United States Air Force Academy.

You can fly Old Glory any day of the year, but you may want to put away an especially large flag after displaying it on Memorial Day. This method will keep your flag looking pristine until until the Fourth of July or the next major holiday. If you’re by yourself, first lay the flag out on a table face-up, smoothing out any wrinkles. Otherwise, find a partner and stand opposite each other at the short ends, holding the flag taut and parallel to the ground. Here’s what to do next:

How to Fold an American Flag

  1. Fold the lower, striped section of the flag over the blue field.
  2. Fold over the folded bottom edge to meet the top edge.
  3. Begin a triangular fold by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to the top edge.
  4. Turn the outer point inward, parallel with the top edge, to form a second triangle.
  5. Continue until the final folds ensure that only the Union (the blue portion with white stars) is showing and the open edges are folded in.

See Exactly How to Fold the Flag

  • In the first two steps, you’re essentially folding the flag in quarters lengthwise.
  • If you’re folding the flag with a partner, the person at the striped end should make all of the triangular folds while the person at the Union end keeps the flag taut.

How to fold an american flag

Flag etiquette dictates only flying your flag between sunrise and sunset unless it is properly illuminated. You should also take down Old Glory in the event of inclement weather except if it’s an all-weather flag made out of a non-absorbent material like nylon. Only fly American flags in good condition, but as long as you follow these guidelines, your Stars and Stripes will last years to come.

How to fold an american flag

Most Americans have seen the traditional folding of the American flag, at specific events, such as funerals. Have you ever wondered why Old Glory is folded that specific way? Much more than just pomp and circumstance, each of the 13 folds holds special meaning.

The Flag Itself

The portion of the flag denoting honor is the canton of blue containing the stars representing states our veterans served in uniform. The field of blue dresses from left to right and is inverted only when draped as a funeral cloth over the casket of a veteran who has served our country honorably in uniform. In the U.S. Armed Forces, at the ceremony of retreat, the flag is lowered, folded in a triangle and kept under watch throughout the night as a tribute to our nation’s honored dead. The next morning it is brought out and, at a ceremony of reveille, flown high as a symbol of belief in the resurrection of the body.

Meaning Behind the 13 Folds

The flag-folding ceremony represents the same religious principles on which our great country was originally founded.

  1. The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
  2. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
  3. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks, and who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.
  4. The fourth fold represents our weaker nature; as American citizens trusting in God, it is Him we turn to in times of peace, as well as in times of war, for His divine guidance.
  5. The fifth fold is a tribute to our country. In the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong.”
  6. The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
  7. The seventh fold is a tribute to our armed forces, for it is through the armed forces that we protect our country and our flag against all enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.
  8. The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.
  9. The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood. It has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that has molded the character of the men and women who have made this country great.
  10. The 10th fold is a tribute to father, who has also given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first born.
  11. The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
  12. The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies God the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost.
  13. The 13th and last fold, when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.”

After the Folding Ceremony

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it has the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under Gen. George Washington and the sailors and Marines who served under Capt. John Paul Jones and were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the U.S. Armed Forces, preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.

The source and the date of origin of this Flag Folding Procedure is unknown. However, some sources attribute it to the Gold Star Mothers of America while others to an Air Force chaplain stationed at the United States Air Force Academy. Some sources also indicate that the 13 folds are a nod to the original first 13 colonies. The flag folding ceremony is provided as a patriotic service.

VA Policy on Flag-Folding Recitation of “13-Fold” Ceremony

To ensure burial services at the 143 national cemeteries operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs reflect the wishes of veterans and their families, VA officials have clarified the department’s policy about recitations made while the U.S. flag is folded at the grave site of a veteran.

“Honoring the burial wishes of veterans is one of the highest commitments for the men and women of VA,” said William F. Tuerk, VA’s undersecretary for Memorial Affairs. “A family may request the recitation of words to accompany the meaningful presentation of the American flag as we honor the dedication and sacrifice of their loved ones.”

Don’t forget to hang the real Old Glory. The star-spangled American flag is most commonly flown on holidays such as Flag Day, Independence Day, and Veteran’s Day, but it can be flown from sunrise to sunset on any day of the year. When not on display, it should be respectfully folded into a triangular shape. This triangle is emblematic of the three-cornered hats worn by Colonial soldiers in the Revolutionary War. The flag is folded in such a way to represent the original thirteen colonies of the United States, and each individual fold also carries its own meaning. Here’s how to do so, as dictated by the American Legion.

Fold 1

It takes two people to fold the flag properly, as it should never touch the ground. Both people should hold out the flag waist high, right side up, with its surface parallel to the ground, keeping the tension in the fabric at all times. Fold the flag in half lengthwise, bringing the striped lower section over the canton (which is the blue field of stars) and holding the edges together. The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

Fold 2

Fold it again lengthwise, bringing the canton to the outside. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

Fold 3

Start a triangular fold by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge up to meet the open edge. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks, and who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

Fold 4

The outer point is then turned inward to form a second triangle. The fourth fold represents our weaker nature; as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace, as well as in times of war, for His divine guidance.

Folds 5-12

Continue folding the flag in this manner eight more times. The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong.” The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. The seventh fold is a tribute to our armed forces, for it is through the armed forces that we protect our country and our flag against all enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day. The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded. The tenth fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first born. The eleventh fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost.

Fold 13

These triangular folds bring the red and white stripes into the canton, symbolizing the day’s light vanishing into the darkness of the night. The last fold, when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.”

Step By Step Procedures

The rules for proper display and use of the U.S. flag are established by generally accepted custom and by Public Law 94-344 approved by Congress and signed by the President in 1976. The Flag Code does not impose penalties for the misuse of the flag. Such penalties are determined by the individual states and the District of Columbia.

Request flags from your representatives for federal employee’s and retiring military retirements. Flags can be ordered in either nylon or cotton that have flown over the U.S. Capital. Each flag comes with a letter from the Architect of the Capital certifying the day the presentation flag was flown over the Capital Building. A flag that was presented to me at my retirement luncheon is 3′ x 4′ cotton and it displays nicely in a flag display case.

Flag Folding Procedure

To properly fold the American flag, follow these directions:

    To begin, with one person at either end, hold the flag waist high so that’s its surface is parallel to the ground.

  • Fold the lower half of the stripe section lengthwise over the field of stars, holding the bottom and top edges securely.
    How to fold an american flag
  • Fold the flag again lengthwise, now with the blue field on the outside.


    Make a triangular fold by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to meet the open (top) edge of the flag. (It is easier if the person folding the flag takes one step forward before starting to fold the flag.)

    Turn the outer (end) point inward, parallel to the open edge, to form a second triangle.

    Continue the triangular folding until the entire length of the flag is folded in this manner.

    When the flag is completely folded, only a triangular blue field of stars should be visible. If a hem protrudes beyond the blue field, it should be neatly tucked inside the folds of the flag so that it does not show. The folded flag is then presented to the next of kin.

    The American Flag may be folded for a number of reasons. Since the Flag Code specifies that the flag should not be carried flat, folding the flag may be necessary for transportation, storage or display. The flag is also folded by members of the Armed Forces after it is lifted from a casket at a military funeral. It is then given to the next of kin.

    The Flag Code does not specify how the flag should be folded, but a standard flag will require thirteen folds. To specify there should be two lengthwise folds and eleven triangular folds.

    When folding the flag in this manner gained popularity, there wasn’t a symbolic meaning associated with the folds. Through the years, the public has attributed meaning to each fold. Most of these meanings are religious, and all of them reflect the ideals of this country.

    How to fold an american flagStep 1: Facing each other two people should hold the flag horizontally at both ends.

    How to fold an american flagStep 2: Make your first fold lenthwise, bringing the stripes over the union area of the flag. *The first fold of the flag is a symbol of life.

    How to fold an american flagStep 3: Match up the corners, keeping the flag taut.

    How to fold an american flagStep 4: Make another lengthwise fold, match up the corners and keep the flag taut.

    *The second fold of the flag is a symbol of a belief in eternal life. *The third fold is a symbol of honor and remembrance of veterans.

    How to fold an american flagStep 5: Keeping the flag taut at both ends, fold a triangle from fold to edge. Keep folding triangles, making sure you keep a 90 °angle and your folds are smooth. *The fourth fold is a symbol of weakness. *The fifth fold is a tribute to our country. *The sixth fold is where our hearts lie. *The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces.

    How to fold an american flagStep 6: Continue folding triangles in the same manner. *The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, so that we may see the light.

    How to fold an american flagStep 7: Continue folding triangles onto the union of the flag. *The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood *The tenth fold is a tribute to fathers *The eleventh fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David & King Solomon, glorifying the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob. *The twelfth fold represents the emblem of eternity and glorifies the God of the Father, the Son & Holy Ghost.

    How to fold an american flagStep 8: Fold the last triangle and tuck the ends in.

    *When the folds are complete, the stars are uppermost and remind us of our national motto, “In God we Trust.” *The flag will resemble a cocked hat, representing soldiers, Marines & Sailors of the past & present.

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    You can buy a pre-folded American flag from us in two different sizes – large 5×9.5 standard US military burial (casket) size or small 3×5 presentation size. These flags are made in the USA and skillfully folded by our craftsmen in the mountains of NC. Or use our step by step instructions below to fold your American flag.

    How to fold an american flag

    When you have successfully folded your flag, place it in a high quality American made Flag Display Case.

    How to fold an american flag

    Step 1

    To properly fold the Flag, begin by holding it waist-high with another person so that its surface is parallel to the ground.

    Step 2

    Fold the lower half of the stripe section lengthwise over the field of stars, holding the bottom and top edges securely.

    How to fold an american flag

    Step 3

    Fold the flag again lengthwise with the blue field on the outside.

    Step 4

    Make a triangular fold by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to meet the open (top) edge of the flag.

    How to fold an american flag

    Step 5

    Turn the outer (end) point inward, parallel to the open edge, to form a second triangle.

    Step 6

    The triangular folding is continued until the entire length of the flag is folded in this manner.

    Step 7

    When the flag is completely folded, only a triangular blue field of stars should be visible.

    How to fold an american flag

    Step 8

    Preserve the quality of your heirloom flag by placing it in a high quality American made Flag Display Case. Customize your flag case with laser engraving or a personalized engraved plate. Add a service medallion or laser logo.

    How to fold an american flag

    You may also take your flag to a local Boy Scout troop of VFW post for folding. A nice donation would be appreciated.

    How to fold an american flag

    1. Hold the flag waist-high with a partner; the flag should be parallel with the ground.
    2. Bring the upper and lower halves of the flag together, folding it lengthwise in half.
    3. Fold the flag lengthwise again, bringing the lower half up to the top. The field of stars should be visible on the left side.
    4. Bring the striped corner of the folded edge up to meet the the top edge of the flag, making a small triangle. Fold the triangle over itself, making the triangle point inward. Continue triangular folding.
    5. The triangular folding continues until the entire length of the flag is folded. When the flag is completely folded, only a triangular blue field of stars should be visible. Tuck the remaining rectangle into the triangle’s folds.

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    Folding The American Flag and The Meaning Behind It

    Posted by Hayley Adams on Feb 25th 2021

    You have probably seen the traditional folding of the American flag at some point, maybe at a military funeral or at special ceremonial occasions, or just on display somewhere. But have you ever wondered why the American flag is folded in such a specific manner?

    Well, much like everything that has to do with our nation’s greatest symbol, the 13-step folding process of the American flag actually holds significant meaning with each and every fold. Here is some information about how to fold the flag, displaying a folded flag, and the meaning behind each fold.

    Folding the Flag

    How to fold an american flag

    Displaying a Folded Flag

    A great way to display a folded flag is in a display box. There are several options to choose from based on the size, style, and material of your flag. Our most popular display boxes are the LED prisms, they make for beautiful decor and will most definitely strike up a conversation!

    Meaning Behind the Folds

    According to the United States Flag Code, the 13 folds are a symbolic passing of the 13 truths. These truths represent the same religious principles upon which our country was originally founded.

    1. The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
    2. The second fold signifies our belief in eternal life.
    3. The third fold is made in honor and tribute of the veteran departing our ranks, and who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace.
    4. The fourth fold exemplifies our weaker nature as citizens trusting in God; it is to Him we turn for His divine guidance.
    5. The fifth fold is an acknowledgment to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong.”
    6. The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
    7. The seventh fold is a tribute to our armed forces, for it is through the armed forces that we protect our country and our flag against all enemies.
    8. The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.
    9. The ninth fold is an honor to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty, and devotion that the character of men and women who have made this country great have been molded.
    10. The tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first-born.
    11. The eleventh fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
    12. The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost.
    13. The last fold, when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.”

    Owning an American flag is a honorable tradition for many American families, but it also comes with great responsibility. The American flag is a representation of the country’s values as well as the sacrifices that thousands of men and women in the armed forces make each day.

    As a result, this symbol should always be respected. If you own an American flag or are considering getting one, here are a few important things to know about how to fold an American flag properly.

    Flag Folding Instructions

    American flags need to be folded in a very specific manner as a sign of respect. One of the first things to always remember is that you should never let the fabric touch the ground as it is a sign of utmost disrespect.

    Those that do touch the ground, do not have to be traditionally burned or buried with a special ceremony as commonly thought, but it should be avoided anyway.

    When folding a flag, working with a partner is advised so that you can avoid that scenario. However, if you are working to fold the flag alone, it is acceptable to spread it out on a clean, dry surface such as a dining room table to accomplish the task while maintaining respect.

    How to Tri Fold the American Flag

    To make a triangle folded flag, follow these steps:

    1. Fold the flag lengthwise so that the bottom stripes meet the field of blue.
    2. Create a second lengthwise fold by bringing the folded edge over again.
    3. Start to make it into a triangle by folding the striped corner up to the top edge.
    4. Fold that side again until it looks like a rectangle once more.
    5. Continue this pattern until you have created 13 folds.
    6. Finally, tuck the end into the open fold to create a perfect triangle.

    Once this is complete, only the field of blue should be seen no matter how you look at it.

    Flag Folding Meaning

    How to fold an american flag

    You might be asking yourself, “Why is the American flag folded 13 times?” The flag folding process may seem a bit tedious and excessive, but each fold is done for a reason and has a specific meaning.

    The thirteen folds as a whole symbolize the thirteen original British colonies that America from which America was born. In a full flag folding ceremony, a reading takes place based on religious principles important to the country’s founders.

    Here are the specific meanings of each fold in order that would be explained in greater detail in the ceremony reading:

    1. Life
    2. Belief in Eternal Life
    3. Honor and Remembrance of Departed Veterans
    4. Weak Human Nature and Need for God
    5. Tribute to the Country
    6. Where Our Hearts Lie
    7. Tribute to Armed Forces
    8. For Those Who Have Died
    9. Tribute to Womanhood
    10. Tribute to Fathers
    11. Glorifies the Jewish God
    12. Glorifies the Christian God
    13. In God We Trust

    The final tri folded flag takes on the appearance of the hat that the founding fathers of the United States of America wore as they fought for freedom.

    When to Observe Flag Folding Ceremonies

    How to fold an american flag

    This flag folding method is also used in military style ceremonies and funerals. American flag folding ceremonies are performed all over the country every Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. Additionally, the family members of every deceased veteran receive a beautifully folded flag that was draped on their casket.

    The ceremony of removing it from its pole is usually done at dusk, and if done right, then the stripes are folded into the field of blue as the day turns into night. As is Navy and Army custom, this was always done at the last note of retreat.

    Where to Find a Great American Flag

    How to fold an american flag

    Now that you know how to fold an American flag properly and how important it is, you are ready to acquire one for you and your family.

    Get the best American flags from Star Spangled Flags. We offer a wide variety of sizes, and our flags are made from polyester and nylon designed to withstand UV degradation. When it comes to something as precious as the symbol of our country, don’t settle for something cheaply made in China. Every one of our durable and high-quality products are 100% made in America.

    They also make amazing gifts! If you would like to give a patriotic gift to your loved ones this year, our flags are the highest quality available on the market. Take a look at our premium American flags here and pick out your favorite one today!

    How to fold an american flag

    The American flag is an emblem of freedom and sacrifice deserving of the utmost respect. When it comes to storing the flag instead of flying it, the manner in which you fold it is important. Here are the steps in how to properly fold an American flag every citizen should know.

    Hold the flag with a partner

    The first action in how to properly fold an American flag is to find another person to help with the folding. A flag is a bigger object and you want to fold it without letting it touch the ground, so a buddy system is best. One person should hold one end of the flag while the other person holds the other end to make folding easier.

    Fold the flag in half lengthwise

    Start by folding the lower half of the striped section over the field of stars. Make sure you fold it below the grommet into a gutter to guarantee there will be no red showing in the end result.

    Fold lengthwise again while keeping the blue field on the outside top

    Make sure the crease is tight and the corners are perfectly aligned with the first fold to get the correct appearance.

    Make a triangular fold with the striped end

    Bring the striped corner of the folded edge to meet the offset edge of the folded flag. It’s crucial to begin with the folded edge when creating the triangle, to ensure the folds align correctly in the completed end result. Just remember to always start folding with the stripes and work your way towards the blue field. This will guarantee the stars are the visible part when the final act of folding is done.

    Fold the triangle fold inward

    The next step in folding the flag is to take the outer end point and turn it inward. From there, make a second triangle parallel to the open edge.

    Continue this movement of folding

    Continue folding in a triangular method for the remainder of the flag until you reach the end of the material. For the average standard-sized flags, this method will require thirteen folds which is a nod to the original colonies.

    Tuck in the ends the right way

    When the flag is completely folded, and the only visible part is the blue field of stars, tuck the end into the fold to secure it in place. The end result should be a flag folded with neat edges that shows only the blue, showcases four stars in an upward point position, and has corners that are pointed for easy placement the flag in a viewing case.

    Here’s what to do with a tattered, soiled American flag

    Bruce Hamilton , The Morning Show anchor

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – We all know the Fourth of July is a day to celebrate America’s birthday, but the idea of celebrating the flag is believed to have originated in 1885.

    It started with a school teacher in Wisconsin who wanted to celebrate what was then the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of the Stars and Stripes. Now, we recognize Flag Day every June 14.

    And 242 years after we adopted the Stars and Stripes, do you know the right way to honor Old Glory and dispose of her if she becomes torn, soiled and tattered or just worn out?

    According to the United States Flag Code, when a flag is so damaged that it no longer can serve as a symbol of the country, it should be retired in a dignified way. The preferred method is burning it. But before doing that, you should shred the flag by separating the 13 stripes and leaving the blue spangled field intact.

    You can also bury your flag in a wooden vessel, but it has to be folded correctly first.

    You can watch the tutorial above by The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) or follow these steps:

    There are a number of organizations that help with flag disposal. Among them are American Legion and VFW Posts as well as the Boy Scouts of America.

    And there’s another way to properly retire your flag: News4Jax has partnered with area Carpet One stores to offer new flags in place of old ones. Just take your worn or tattered flag to one of their stores, and they will make sure it is properly taken care of and give you a new flag to display on Friday (while supplies last).

    Garbage man pulls flag out of trash can, folds it properly

    Marine Corps veteran Don Gardner has pulled at least 11 American flags from landfills in his 11 years in the garbage business.

    HUNTINGTON, Utah – Don Gardner is the kind of garbage collector who will get out of his truck to bring elderly residents’ cans to the street when they forget.

    And when the Marine Corps veteran was caught on camera last week taking an American flag out of the trash to fold and dispose of it properly, it came as a surprise to no one who knows him.

    “That is Don. That is who Don is,” friend Whitney Phelps told KSTU.

    Gardner has been collecting garbage in Emery County, Utah, for 11 years. In that time, he’s pulled at least a dozen flags from trashcans and landfills.

    “I took an oath once to defend this country and our flag, and I still do,” he said.

    Brooke Cowley caught the latest act on video, then shared it to social media so the community could “see the care and love that he gave our flag.” Cowley told KSTU that she’s the one who accidentally threw the flag away.

    “Immediately I was so embarrassed,” Cowley said. “I was petrified, because I’m married to a veteran. What am I doing?”

    Gardner, meanwhile, had no idea he was being filmed.

    “It’s just something I do,” he said. “I get angry sometimes. Sometimes it’s a mistake; most of the time it’s on purpose. I have a problem with that, so I just take it out and take care of it.”

    The veteran wants his neighbors to know there’s a right way to dispose of an American flag, and he’s happy to educate anyone who will listen.

    “If you don’t know what to do with it, get it to me. I’ll make sure it’s took care of proper,” he said.

    How to dispose of an American flag

    When an American flag “is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display,” it should “be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning,” according to the U.S. Flag Code.

    How to fold an american flag

    BOSTON, MA – APRIL 18: A member of the Hanscom Air Force Base looks on as the American Flag is displayed over the Green Monster before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins on April 18, 2022 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

    One way to ensure it’s given a dignified sendoff is to bring the flag to a local flag collection box. They can be found at local VFW and American Legion chapters, Boy Scout and Girl Scout offices, and sometimes at government buildings like police stations. Once the flag boxes are full, the respective organizations will hold flag-retirement ceremonies.

    If you can’t drop off the flag, you can have your own private retirement ceremony, but make sure the flag is folded properly. Then, say the Pledge of Allegiance or have a moment of silence as the flag burns. Be sure to follow local and state fire laws.

    When burning isn’t an option, you can fold the flag and place it in a ceremonious box, then bury the box. In some cases, American flags can be recycled.

    How to fold an american flag

    There are many names for the American flag: Old Glory; The Stars and Stripes; The Red, White, and Blue; and The Star-Spangled Banner to name a few. The original 13-star version of the flag was first unveiled on June 14, 1777, and that is why June 14 is known as Flag Day. And in case you were wondering, our current 50-star flag has flown since July 4, 1960.

    At some point in time, whether in person or witnessed on television or in film, you probably saw the folding of the flag. As part of the Chapters Health Valor Program, flag-folding plays a large role during an Honor Walk.

    The Art of Flag Folding

    Have you ever noticed that the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the flag? The flag is folded exactly 13 times in remembrance of the original 13 colonies. But did you know there is a specific meaning to each fold?

    Here is what each fold of the flag means:

    • The first fold symbolizes life.
    • The second fold represents a belief in eternal life.
    • The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans who gave their lives in defense of the country in order to help attain peace throughout the world.
    • The fourth fold is in recognition of the nature of the country’s citizens to trust in God.
    • The fifth fold is a tribute to the United States. According to Stephen Decatur, S. Naval Commander during the American Revolution and War of 1812, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong.”
    • The sixth fold symbolizes where people’s hearts lie in keeping with the words of our pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
    • The seventh fold pays tribute to the armed forces. After all, through our armed forces, the United States is protected against all enemies.
    • The eighth fold is a tribute to those who died, and as Psalm 23 states, “entered into the valley of the shadow of death.”
    • The ninth fold honors womanhood.
    • The 10th fold is a tribute to fathers.
    • The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in Judaism, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
    • The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the eyes of Christians, God the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost.
    • The 13th and last fold reminds us that when the flag is completely folded, in the uppermost corned signify our national motto, “In God We Trust.”

    Watch this video demonstrating how the flag is folded:

    Additionally, when the flag is completely folded and tucked in, the resulting shape appears like a tricorne hat and represents the soldiers who served under General George Washington, the sailors and marines who served under Naval Commander John Paul Jones and the many who have followed them in order to preserve the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today. So in the future when you see a flag folded, you will hopefully now have a deeper understanding and appreciation of the tradition.

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    For more information, please call our helpful Chapters Health team at 1.866.204.8611 or Contact Us.

    The month of May kicks off, what we call in the flag industry, flag season. May 15, Armed Forces Day, I personally believe is the beginning. As we approach the next 6-8 weeks, this is a very patriotic season which includes Memorial Day (May 25), Flag Day (June 14), and Independence Day (July 4). The big three! I would also include Labor Day, September 11, Veteran’s Day which occur in the late summer, early fall. It is proper to fly your flag any day of the year, but these are a few of the flag flying days you do not want to miss. When you bring your flag in after flying, we often get asked, how do you fold the American flag?

    There is no right or wrong way to fold an American flag. The triangle fold has become a popular and recognizable way to fold Old Glory. Showing respect for the flag and what it represents is what really matters. The Flag Code was created to provide guidelines for the display and care of the flag but it does not describe an official method for folding the flag. One reason may be because flags vary in size. There is a standard ratio for government flags, but in practical use not all flags maintain the same ratios. Common flag sizes are 2’x3’, 2.5’x4’, 3’x5’, 4’x6’, 5’x8’, and larger. The most popular size is 3’x5’ for residential use. The rules state that you should never store a flag in a way where it can get torn, soiled, or damaged.

    Flag Folding Steps:

    Step One

    Make sure the flag is clean and dry. You may wash the flag in a mild detergent and hang to dry.

    Step Two

    If you’re by yourself, first lay the flag out on a table face-up, smoothing out any wrinkles. Otherwise, find a partner and stand opposite each other at the short ends, holding the flag taut and parallel to the ground.

    Step Three

    Fold the lower, striped section of the flag over the blue field. You are basically folding the flag in half, lengthwise.

    Step Four

    Fold over the folded bottom edge to meet the top edge. You are folding it in half again, lengthwise. If two people are folding the flag, the person on holding the stripe end will be making all the folds while the other person holds the flag taught.

    Step Five

    Begin a triangular fold by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to the top edge.

    Step Six

    Turn the outer point inward, parallel with the top edge, to form a second triangle.

    Step Seven

    Continue until the final folds ensure that only the star field is showing and the open edges are folded in. Remember not every flag will fold into the same size, shape, and number of folds.

    Flag folding plays an important role in showing respect for the flag and what it represents. It is a moving and meaningful part of many ceremonies, including funeral services and burial rites.

    Here’s how you should properly handle your flag this summer.

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    How to fold an american flag

    Summer is almost here, which means it’s time to get your American flags up and ready for the season’s two major holidays—Memorial Day and July 4th. In honor of the most patriotic time of the year, we’re taking a look at how to properly display, store, and take care of your American flag. In fact, the United States has an entire Flag Code to govern how American flags are handled and presented—we broke down the guidelines below:

    There Are Specific Standards of Respect.

    The flag code features instructions on how the flag should not be used based on standards of respect. That includes the rule that the flag should never be dipped to any person or thing, and the flag is flown upside down only as a distress signal. The flag should also never be used as clothing, drapery or decoration, and it should never touch anything beneath it, including the ground or floor, even as you lower it. You should also not attach or add a mark, insignia, word, or any type of drawing on a flag. It also should not be used for advertising purposes.

    Keep Your Flag Clean and Mended.

    When your flag is worn out and no longer in great condition, or if it’s damaged, it should be destroyed in a “dignified way, preferably by burning,” according to the flag code.

    Follow the Guidelines on How to Display Your Flag.

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    When displayed in a window, the flag should have the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street. If you are displaying the flag horizontally or vertically, the union should appear on the upper-left hand side. If you are showcasing a flag over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the union to the north, if placed in an east and west street, or with the union to the east, if placed in a north and south street.

    When displayed with another flag cross-staff, place the American flag above the other on the flag’s own right, which is the observer’s left. If the flags of two or or more nations are displayed at the same time, they should be flown from separate staffs of the same height, and the flags should be equal in size. If you’re also flying the flag of states, cities, or localities at the same halyard with the American flag, the American flag should always be at the peak. No other flag should be placed above or to the right of the United State flag.

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    The custom is to display the flag from sunrise to sunset, but if you’d like to keep your flag up 24 hours a day, then just make sure it is “properly illuminated during the hours of darkness,” per the flag code. Etiquette also dictates that the flag should not be displayed n inclement weather, except when you have an all-weather flag.

    As you prepare to display your flag, keep in mind that it should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously. The flag code also dictates that your American flag can be showcased everyday, but particularly on holidays and special occasions, including New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and any other day proclaimed by the President. It should also be displayed on state holidays.

    There Are Rules Dictating When Your Flag Should Be Flown at Half-Staff.

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    The term half-staff specifically means one-half the distance between the top and the bottom of the staff, and when flying your flag at half-staff, you should first hoist the flag to the peak of the staff, then lowered to the half-staff position.

    There special occasions throughout the year when your American flag should be flown at half-staff. On Memorial Day, the flag code dictates that your flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon—after that time, the flag should be raised to the top of the staff, according to a 2008 Congressional report. The flag should also be flown at half-staff by order of the President after the death of a public political figure in their memory.

    After the death of a President or a former President, flags should be flown at half-staff for thirty days. When George H.W. Bush died in December 2018, Trump put this half-staff protocol into action “as an expression of public sorrow,” according to the New York Times.

    In the wake of the death of the Vice-President, Chief Justice or retired Chief Justice, or Speaker of the House of Representatives, the flag should be flown at half-staff for ten days. In the past, Presidents have also directed that flags be flown at half-staff after the death of leading citizens as a tribute to their lives. Just last year, Trump directed the flags be flown at half-staff when Reverend Billy Graham died.

    There’s a Proper Way to Fold Your American Flag.

    Considering the guidelines that dictate how you handle the flag on a daily basis, it’s no surprise that there’s a proper way to fold your flag—and it should actually be folded into a triangle. Watch the video below for a step-by-step guide:

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    How to Correctly Care for and Store the American Flag

    The United States Flag Code offers everyone a formal and unified manner to provide respectful care and storage. It unifies the traditional ways Americans pay homage while delivering specific instructions to follow.

    When you want to care for and store the American flag correctly, the first step to review is the correct folding method.

    How to fold an american flag

    You’ll start by folding the lower striped section over the blue starfield. The folded edge created from this action gets folded again toward the open edge.

    That’s when a triangular fold begins from the stripes. Bring the corner of the folded edge to the open edge, then turn the outer point inward to create consecutive triangles. Continue with that process until you’ve completed the length of the flag.

    Once you’ve finished that work, you’re ready to discover how to care for and store your U.S. flag.

    How to Care for Your American Flag

    When you follow the manufacturer’s instructions to care for your U.S. flag, cotton or nylon, you will extend the life of you flag considerably.

    Cloth materials always succumb to the elements and are best suited for indoor display.

    When caring for your American flag, here are some tips to follow to preserve your investment.

    1. Use a flag made for exterior display only when flying one outside.
    2. It shouldn’t be exposed to high winds, rain, or snow because these elements shorten its lifespan considerably.
    3. If the U.S. flag gets wet, the best way to care for it is to spread it out flat so that it can dry completely. It should never be folded or rolled when damp.
    4. Dust, smoke, dirt, and other contaminants can create stains in an American flag that dull its luster. Cleaning it before these elements set in can preserve its quality and extend its life. Most outdoor flags only need a mild detergent and warm water to remove soiling.
    5. Avoid having the flag soak in detergent water because the red or blue colors can bleed into the white with some materials.
    6. Parade and indoor flags often require professional dry cleaning to preserve their quality. Many businesses that offer this service provide it free or at a substantial discount, especially around the Fourth of July or Flag Day.
    7. The U.S. Flag should not be placed where the wind can push it into rough surfaces. Cables, tree branches, and other obstacles can cause tears that eventually lead to tattering.
    8. All flagpole surfaces require ongoing cleaning and care to prevent dirt buildup and corrosion. Rusty spots are known to damage American flags.

    When you display the U.S. flag, it helps to inspect it regularly for signs of wear and tear. You might see thread or fabric breaks forming on the flying end of the material.

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    Another place to look for damage with your American flag is around the grommets. When tears happen there, severe problems can develop quickly.

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    How to Store Your American Flag

    When it is time to bring your U.S. flag in for the evening, the best storage place is a dark, cool spot. If it receives exposure to bright light, the fading process can hasten. Fabric deterioration can also occur, especially when humidity levels are excessively high or low inside.

    Most people know that the American flag should not touch the ground. Even when you keep it in an appropriate storage container, it should remain elevated on a shelf.

    Since many American flags are made from cotton or nylon, storing them in a high-moisture environment can damage them quickly. Try to avoid storing it in a basement, garage, or closet close to a bathroom.

    Storing a flag in the attic can pose pest and heat problems that could ruin it.

    If you use mothballs or other pesticides, keep the U.S. flag away from these items. The chemicals they contain are often harmful to the fabric.

    When you use your American flag infrequently, the best way to store it is flat or in a designated storage container. Anything made from acid-free materials is your best choice. If you must use wood, it helps to seal the organic surfaces to preserve the color and quality.

    Acid-free paper or tissue also helps to preserve the flag while in storage. You can also use an unbleached cotton cloth.

    Once the flag does wear out, the respectful way to retire it is to contact a local Veteran’s Association. These groups often have an annual ceremony to burn all the flags that wore out through the year. It should never just get tossed in the trash.

    America’s Largest
    Veterans Service Organization

    Walter Le Pere Post 208

    225 Old Sulphur Spring Rd., Manchester, Missouri

    Flag Etiquette

    When to Display your Flag

    1. Bring the striped half up over the blue field.

    WHY THE AMERICAN FLAG IS FOLDED 13 TIMES.

    1. The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

    2. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

    3. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

    4. The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

    5. The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.”

    6. The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

    7. The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they are found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

    8. The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.

    9. The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

    10. The tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

    11. The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

    12. The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.

    13. When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation’s motto, “In God We Trust”. After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones. Those who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.

    To show respect, citizens of the United States of America fold the flag a special way, outlined below.

    1. Hold the flag waist-high with another person so that its surface is parallel to the ground.
    2. Fold the lower half of the stripe section lengthwise over the field of stars (The Union), holding the bottom and top edges securely.
    3. Fold the flag again lengthwise with the blue field on the outside.
    4. Make a triangular fold by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to meet the open (top) edge of the flag.
    5. Turn the outer (end) point inward, parallel to the open edge, to form a second triangle.
    6. Continue the triangular folding for the entire flag.
    7. When the flag is completely folded, only a triangular blue field of stars should be visible.

    • Always display the flag with the blue union field up. Never display the flag upside down, except as a distress signal.
    • Always carry the flag aloft and free. Never carry it horizontally.
    • Always dispose of a flag properly, preferably by burning it.
    • The U.S. flag takes precedence over all other flags when flown within the United States. It should be raised first and lowered last. It should not be flown lower than another flag nor should it be smaller than another flag if flown at the same height.
    • Other national flags should not be smaller nor flown lower than the American flag when displayed together. If it is not possible to display two or more national flags at the same height, then it is not proper to display them together at all.
    • If one flag is at half-staff in morning, other flags flown with it should be at half-staff. First raise the flags to their peak, then lower to half-staff.
    • The U.S. flag is raised first and lowered last.
    • A salute (hand over heart for those not in uniform) should be rendered when the flag is raised, lowered, or carried by on parade; when the Pledge of Allegiance is recited; and when the national anthem is played (unless the flag is not present).
    • If the flag is displayed at night, it should be illuminated.
    • In a public gathering (lecture hall, church, etc.), the U.S. flag should be to the right of the speakers when on the stage or podium, to the right of the audience when not on the podium or on the wall behind speaker.
    • Do not display the flag if it is raining, or if there is a thunderstorm, etc.
    • Watch how the military, police, fire department, or Boy Scouts fold the flag. They have all been trained to fold it properly.
    • Always keep the flag clean and safe. Never let it become torn, soiled or damaged.
    • Always treat the flag with respect.
    • Never use it for advertising purposes.
    • Never embroider it on household items or pieces of clothing.
    • Never use it as part of a costume or athletic uniform. However, it is proper to attach a flag patch to the uniform of military personnel, firefighters, police officers and members of other patriotic organizations, provided the patch is properly affixed.
    • Do not let the flag touch the ground.

    How to Dispose of a Damaged American Flag

    The United States Flag Code states: “The Flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferable by burning.”

    1. Find a safe location, away from any buildings or trees.
    2. Clear away any flammable debris.
    3. Build a fire, such as a campfire or bonfire. Wait for the fire to reach a temperature that is hot enough to ensure a proper burn, but not so intense that it may blow partially burnt flag particles out of the fire.
    4. Cut the field out of the flag (separate the stars and stripes).
    5. Place the flag on top of the fire with the field on top of the rest of the flag, which should be respectfully folded, and watch to be sure that it is burned safely and completely.
    6. Allow the fire to burn out, and then exercise proper fire safety protocols.
    7. Only the US Military, American Legion, and the Boy Scouts of America are official organizations that will take and properly dispose of an American Flag.

    * Soak or coat the flag lightly in an accelerant, such as lighter fluid, to ensure a complete burn.

    * However, if you are worried the fire alone won’t do, some civic organizations will take custody of a worn flag and dispose of the flag properly. Check local organizations for assistance. Always exercise caution when dealing with fire and flammable materials.

    FLAG RECYCLING

    Our company is working with the organization American Flag Recycling to change the way American flags are retired. As you probably know American flags used to be made out of cotton. Now American flags are made of synthetic materials like nylon. When you burn a nylon flag creates hazardous gases including formaldehyde and cyanide. It is much better to recycle American flags.

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    The American flag isn’t your average piece of cloth. As one of this country’s most iconic symbols, its care is governed by a specific set of rules.

    How to fold an american flag

    How to fold an american flag

    You see the American flag hanging in classrooms, above porches and flying from nearly every flagpole. With 13 red and white stripes and a blue field of 50 stars, it’s a symbol for American freedom that’s known around the world. What Americans might not know is that there are a specific set of guidelines that govern the way each flag should be flown, taken care of and ultimately destroyed.

    The US Flag Code dictates that American flags should be hoisted and lowered each day, although they can be flown through the night if properly illuminated. If tattered, flags should be destroyed in a dignified way (although Texas v. Johnson affirmed a person’s right to burn one in protest). When it comes to folding an American flag, the Boy Scouts of America teach that — out of respect — it should never touch the ground. To prevent this, flags should be folded between two people. From there follow these six steps, which were curated with the guidance of the Boy Scouts of America handbook, to learn how to fold your own flag or lend a hand in a pinch.

    1 Hold the flag parallel to the ground. You will need a partner since most flags are too large (three feet by five feet) to fold properly with one person. Each of you should grab two corners, with the flag’s stripes running towards you.

    2 Fold the flag in half, lengthwise. Each person should fold over and unite the two corners of the flag that they’re holding. Then secure the flag tautly and turn it so it’s once again parallel to the ground. The blue field of stars should remain on the same left side.

    3 Fold the flag in half again, lengthwise. This should be a repeat of the previous step, cutting the folded flag’s surface area in half. This step makes the flag narrow enough so that it can then be folded into triangles.

    4 Start folding the flag into triangles. One person (the one on the side without the blue field of stars) should fold their closed corner up to their side’s open edge.

    5 Continue folding triangles at 90-degree angles. From here, it should be fairly self-explanatory. Each new triangle fold should overtop itself and continue up the length of the flag.

    6 Tuck the final bit. When you get near the end and can’t make anymore triangles, tuck the part of the flag that’s into final triangular folds. This should secure it, with the finished folded flag showing nothing but a blue starry field.

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    Quick Take

    Headlines on social media misleadingly suggest that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi violated a military tradition when she gave a folded flag to the brother of George Floyd. A folded flag is not “Reserved Only For Fallen Veterans,” as one headline claims. Members of Congress routinely present flags that have flown over the U.S. Capitol as gifts.

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    Philonise Floyd — the brother of George Floyd, who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis in late May — testified before the House Judiciary Committee on June 10 during a hearing on police practices and law enforcement accountability.

    During Philonise Floyd’s visit to the Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gifted him a folded, encased U.S. flag — as a photo posted on her official Facebook and Twitter accounts shows.

    “Philonise Floyd’s heart-wrenching testimony to the House Judiciary Committee left its mark on us all. May this flag, which flew over the Capitol on the day of his brother’s murder, serve as a symbol of our shared commitment to securing justice for George and all victims of police violence,” her Facebook post said.

    Headlines that circulated on social media in the days after, however, misleadingly suggested that Pelosi’s act trampled on a tradition that reserved the gifting of a folded flag only for military families.

    The conspiracy theory website InfoWars, in a June 15 story that was republished by teaparty.org, declared: “Pelosi Gifts George Floyd’s Brother Folded American Flag Reserved Only For Fallen Veterans.”

    A headline on NeonNettle.com on June 16 echoed the claim: “Pelosi Gifts George Floyd’s Brother Folded American Flag Meant for Fallen Military.” The website later corrected its story.

    The InfoWars story goes on to claim that “[f]olded American flags are traditionally presented by the U.S. government to families of fallen veterans during military funerals” and cites “specific criteria necessary to receive a folded American flag” from the U.S. Veterans Affairs website. It claims Floyd’s family “does not fall into the listed criteria of eligible recipients.”

    There are indeed criteria for those eligible to receive burial flags from Veterans Affairs; the flags are provided at no cost for the funeral of veterans and typically are given to the next-of-kin as a keepsake afterward.

    But there’s nothing that precludes Pelosi, or any other American citizen, from gifting a flag — or folding it.

    “There are no prescriptive rules saying you can’t give a flag to anyone,” said Scot Guenter, senior director of the Flag Research Center and professor emeritus of American Studies at San Jose State University. “The whole point of the American flag is that we don’t live in a society that says you can’t use the flag.”

    Guenter, who wrote the book, “The American Flag, 1777-1924: Cultural Shifts from Creation to Codification,” also told us in a phone interview that folding a flag is a sign of respect for it.

    There is also no mention in the U.S. “Flag Code,” whose provisions Guenter said are “ rules of etiquette,” of who is allowed to gift a flag.

    “While the Department of Veterans Affairs provides a casket flag for all honorable veterans and the military service provides them for active-duty service members upon their death, the U.S. Flag Code does not prohibit or limit a flag draping the coffin to any specific group,” John Raughter, a spokesman for the American Legion, a veterans association, told us in an email. “Traditionally though, as the flag is provided for veterans and active-duty service members, it has come to represent a veteran funeral rite.”

    Raughter added that “there is no rule about who may receive a flag as a gift. We encourage the display of the flag of the United States by all citizens of the United States. Now while there is no rule for it, traditionally a flag is folded into a triangle when it is not flown and may be stored in a presentation case if a particular flag has special meaning.”

    “So presenting someone with a flag, folded into a triangle and placed into a display case is an honorable way of presenting and maintaining the flag of the United States,” he said.

    Flags that are flown over the Capitol — as was the case with the one given to Philonise Floyd — are, in fact, routinely requested by the offices of members of Congress through the Capitol Flag Program, which started in the 1930s.

    The program, under the Architect of the Capitol, allows members of the public to purchase such flags through House and Senate offices; many members of Congress have instructions on their websites for ordering a flag for any occasion. The Architect of the Capitol “fulfills on average more than 100,000 flag requests from Members of Congress annually, with the number of requests and the popularity of the Capitol Flag Program growing steadily each year,” according to the program’s website.

    And, according to the House Members’ Congressional Handbook, members can use such flags as official gifts.

    “ U.S. flags flown over the Capitol for official presentation as a gift, including the flag flying fee, are reimbursable,” the handbook says. “Such flags must be for the personal use of or display by the recipient (examples may include, but are not limited to: flags presented at a building dedication for which the Member secured official funding, a flag presented to the family of a fallen soldier, flags presented for exceptional public distinction, etc,).”

    So nothing in the handbook, either, limits members’ gifting of flags flown over the Capitol only to military families.

    In December 2016, former Rep. Dennis Ross, a Republican from Florida, gave a folded, framed flag that had flown over the Capitol to a new school in Davenport, Florida. And the next year, Republican Rep. Roger Williams of Texas gifted two folded, encased flags from the Capitol to two new schools in his district.

    Update, June 19: We updated this article to reflect that NeonNettle.com has corrected its story.

    Editor’s note: FactCheck.org is one of several organizations working with Facebook to debunk misinformation shared on social media. Our previous stories can be found here.

    Sources

    “Burial Flags Frequently Asked Questions.” U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Accessed 17 Jun 2020.

    “Capitol Flag Program.” Architect of the Capitol. Accessed 18 Jun 2020.

    Guenter, Scot. Senior director, Flag Research Center. Phone interview with FactCheck.org. 17 Jun 2020.

    “Members’ Congressional Handbook.” House Committee on House Administration. Accessed 18 Jun 2020.

    Raugher, John. Spokesman, American Legion. Email to FactCheck.org. 18 Jun 2020.

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    A: An unvaccinated person who is infected with COVID-19 poses a much greater risk to others who are also unvaccinated. But vaccines are not 100% effective, so there is a chance that an unvaccinated person could infect a vaccinated person — particularly the vulnerable, such as elderly and immunocompromised individuals.

    How to fold an american flagIf you are considering transporting, displaying, or presenting the U.S. flag, it is best to do so in an honorable way. There are twelve steps to folding the U.S. flag, and each fold holds its own meaning.

    When folding the flag you want to make sure it never touches the ground. To ensure this, it is best for at least two people to fold the flag together, or for the flag to be folded on top of a table.

    Always start with the flag parallel to the ground. The stars and stripes section represents the “top” while the stripes only section represents the “bottom”.

    Begin by holding the flag waist-high with another person so that its surface is parallel to the ground.

    Step 1 – The Liberty Fold

    The first fold in the flag stands for liberty

    How to fold an american flag

    Fold the bottom half (stripe section) lengthwise over the field of stars, holding the bottom (stripes) and top (stars and stripes) edges securely. The flag should appear to have all stripes and no stars but a small portion of blue.

    Step 2 – The Unity Fold

    The second fold in the flag represents unity


    Take the bottom with the small portion of blue and fold the flag again lengthwise. The flag should now show both stars and stripes with its full length but only a quarter of its width. The new “bottom” has a complete fold (folded edge) while the new “top” has folds and openings (open edge).

    Step 3 – The Justice Fold

    The third fold stands for justice


    Now make a triangular fold by bringing the bottom of the striped corner to meet the top edge of the flag.

    Step 4 – The Perseverance Fold

    The fourth fold symbolizes perseverance

    Now that the flag resembles a trapezoid with a triangular end, fold the triangle inward to form the second triangle. With two triangles folded inward, the flag should now resemble a rectangle.

    Steps 5-12


    Continue the triangular folding process (from trapezoid to rectangle) until the entire length of the flag is folded leaving only a “triangle pillow”.

    5 -The Hardiness Fold
    6 – The Valor Fold
    7 – The Purity Fold
    8 – The Innocence Fold
    9 – The Sacrifice Fold
    10 – The Honor Fold
    11 – The Independence Fold
    12 – The Truth Fold

    How to fold an american flagA United States burial casket flag drapes the casket of deceased veterans to honor the memory of their service to the country. The ceremonial folding and presentation of the flag is a moving tribute of lasting importance to the veteran’s family.

    The flag is placed on a closed casket so the union blue field is at the head and over the left shoulder of the deceased. The flag folding ceremony represents the same religious principles on which our country was originally founded. The portion of the flag denoting honor is the canton of blue containing the stars representing the states our veterans served in uniform. The canton field of blue dresses from left to right and is inverted when draped as a pall on a casket of a veteran who has served our country in uniform.

    “While Public Law 94-344 does not place any significance or meaning to the thirteen folds of the American flag, the sentiments below have been adopted as a tradition by veterans and family members of veterans of our great nation as they reflect what we recognize about our flag and our country. They give meaning and hope to those family members who have lost a loved one who served in our great nation’s military preserving and fighting for our freedoms.

    After Taps is played, the flag is carefully folded into the symbolic tri-cornered shape. A properly proportioned flag will fold thirteen times on the triangles, representing the original thirteen colonies with each fold representing a uniqueness of its own as explained below. The folded flag is emblematic of the tri-cornered hat worn by the Patriots of the American Revolution. When folded, no red or white stripe is to be evident, leaving only the blue field with stars.

    Meaning of the thirteen folds:
    Have you ever noticed that the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the United States of America Flag thirteen times?
    The 1st fold of the flag is a symbol of life.
    The 2nd fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.
    The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the world.
    The 4th fold represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in the time of war for His divine guidance.
    The 5th fold is a tribute to the country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, ‘Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.’
    The 6th fold is for where people’s hearts lie. It is with their heart that they pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.
    The 7th fold is a tribute to its Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that they protect their country and their flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their republic.
    The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.
    The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.
    The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of their country since they were first born.
    The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
    The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.
    The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding them of their Nations motto, ‘In God We Trust.’
    After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for them the rights, privileges and freedoms they enjoy today.
    Effective April 17, 2012, the Department of Defense standardized the flag presentation verbiage for military funeral honors ceremonies. The following verbiage will be used when presenting the American flag during the funeral service:

    ‘On behalf of the President of the United States, (the United States Army; the United States Marine Corps; the United States Navy; or the United States Air Force), and a grateful Nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s honorable and faithful service.’
    It is then presented as a keepsake to the next of kin or an appropriate family member.

    Garbage man pulls flag out of trash can, folds it properly

    Marine Corps veteran Don Gardner has pulled at least 11 American flags from landfills in his 11 years in the garbage business.

    HUNTINGTON, Utah – Don Gardner is the kind of garbage collector who will get out of his truck to bring elderly residents’ cans to the street when they forget.

    And when the Marine Corps veteran was caught on camera last week taking an American flag out of the trash to fold and dispose of it properly, it came as a surprise to no one who knows him.

    “That is Don. That is who Don is,” friend Whitney Phelps told KSTU.

    Gardner has been collecting garbage in Emery County, Utah, for 11 years. In that time, he’s pulled at least a dozen flags from trashcans and landfills.

    “I took an oath once to defend this country and our flag, and I still do,” he said.

    Brooke Cowley caught the latest act on video, then shared it to social media so the community could “see the care and love that he gave our flag.” Cowley told KSTU that she’s the one who accidentally threw the flag away.

    “Immediately I was so embarrassed,” Cowley said. “I was petrified, because I’m married to a veteran. What am I doing?”

    Gardner, meanwhile, had no idea he was being filmed.

    “It’s just something I do,” he said. “I get angry sometimes. Sometimes it’s a mistake; most of the time it’s on purpose. I have a problem with that, so I just take it out and take care of it.”

    The veteran wants his neighbors to know there’s a right way to dispose of an American flag, and he’s happy to educate anyone who will listen.

    “If you don’t know what to do with it, get it to me. I’ll make sure it’s took care of proper,” he said.

    How to dispose of an American flag

    When an American flag “is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display,” it should “be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning,” according to the U.S. Flag Code.

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    BOSTON, MA – APRIL 18: A member of the Hanscom Air Force Base looks on as the American Flag is displayed over the Green Monster before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins on April 18, 2022 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

    One way to ensure it’s given a dignified sendoff is to bring the flag to a local flag collection box. They can be found at local VFW and American Legion chapters, Boy Scout and Girl Scout offices, and sometimes at government buildings like police stations. Once the flag boxes are full, the respective organizations will hold flag-retirement ceremonies.

    If you can’t drop off the flag, you can have your own private retirement ceremony, but make sure the flag is folded properly. Then, say the Pledge of Allegiance or have a moment of silence as the flag burns. Be sure to follow local and state fire laws.

    When burning isn’t an option, you can fold the flag and place it in a ceremonious box, then bury the box. In some cases, American flags can be recycled.

    Plus dos and don’ts for folding, cleaning, and more.

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    How to fold an american flag

    There’s no better way to show your patriotism than with our country’s stars and stripes — especially on Memorial Day weekend. (Do you know the meaning of Memorial Day? Read up on the history of Memorial Day for a quick refresher.) Whether you hang the American flag from your porch or plant it in your front yard, it’s an easy way to showcase your gratitude and appreciation for the incredible freedoms we enjoy each and every day in the U.S.

    But even if you have the best of intentions when raising that flag, you’ll still want to be sure that your actions reflect an understanding of the United States Flag Code (test your flag knowledge with these 15 fun American flag facts!). That’s where our guide to proper flag etiquette comes in: This quick, easy-to-understand rundown of all the rules and regulations associated with that important symbol will undoubtedly come in handy this summer, whether you’ll be raising the flag for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or just because.

    After all, when it comes to our celebrating our great nation—and the most beautiful places in the U.S.—no detail is too small.

    How to Display the American Flag

    • When displayed with another flag cross-staff against a wall, place the U.S. flag in front of the other flag and to the viewer’s left with the union at the peak of the staff.
    • When displayed on an angled staff from a window or the front a building, the union should be placed at the peak of the staff.
    • When hung horizontally or vertically against a wall or in a window, the flag must be flat and allowed to hang freely without folds, and the union should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right (the viewer’s left).
    • No state or city flag may be placed above or to the flag’s right (the viewer’s left) of the United States flag. Flags of other nations are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height.
    • The U.S. flag should be at the center and highest point in any groupings of flags displayed from staffs.
    • If displayed after dark, the flag must be lit. Without proper lighting, the flag may only be displayed from sunrise to sunset.
    • On vehicles, the flag should be fixed to the front right fender, never draped over a vehicle.

    Remember: The flag should not be displayed during inclement weather unless it is an all-weather flag.

    How to fold an american flag

    If you’ve attended a funeral honoring a veteran who served our country, perhaps you witnessed the folding of the flag that once covered the casket of a loved one. Each of the 13 folds of the flag holds great significance.

    At the ceremony of retreat, a daily observance at bases during which all personnel pay respect to the flag, “the flag is lowered, folded in a triangle fold and kept under watch throughout the night as a tribute to our nation’s honored dead. The next morning, it is brought out and, at the ceremony of reveille, run aloft as a symbol of our belief in the resurrection of the body.”

    1. The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
    2. The second fold signifies our belief in eternal life.
    3. The third fold is made in honor and tribute of the veteran departing our ranks, and who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace.
    4. The fourth fold exemplifies our weaker nature as citizens trusting in God; it is to Him we turn for His divine guidance.
    5. The fifth fold is an acknowledgment to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong.”
    6. The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
    7. The seventh fold is a tribute to our armed forces, for it is through the armed forces that we protect our country and our flag against all enemies.
    8. The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.
    9. The ninth fold is an honor to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty, and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.
    10. The 10th fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first-born.
    11. The 11th fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
    12. The 12th fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost.
    13. The last fold, when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.”

    Click here to watch an Honor Guard Team demonstration of proper flag folding. For more information click here.

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    With today being Flag Day (June 14, 2021), many people and institutions will display the American flag on Flag Day, which celebrates the adoption of the United States flag in 1777. But did you know there are specific dos and don’ts for flying the American flag? To help you avoid causing offense or committing any faux pas with the American flag, we’re taking a look at some of the most important American flag rules , as well as other points of American flag etiquette .

    The rules for displaying and handling the American flag are outlined in a series of federal regulations known as the United States Flag Code. In general, there isn’t any actual punishment under the law for breaking these rules, but these guidelines are widely followed by organizations and government institutions.

    The Flag Code outlines specific rules for displaying the flag on holidays. On Memorial Day, for example, the correct protocol for displaying the American flag is to hoist it quickly to full staff at sunrise, and then lower to half-staff. Then, at noon, return the flag to full staff.

    Here are some other rules for displaying and handling the American flag, including how to fold an American flag and how to dispose of an American flag, according to the U.S. Flag Code.

    American Flag Etiquette

    When to display the American flag

    It is the “universal custom” to display the American flag from sunrise to sunset on buildings, according to the U.S. Flag Code. However, American flags may be displayed 24 hours a day if they are “properly” illuminated at night.

    According to the U.S. Flag Code, the American flag should be displayed on all days, and especially on certain holidays, including New Year’s Day, Mother’s Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and several other notable U.S. holidays.

    How to fold an American flag

    There is a specific method for folding the American flag into a triangular shape. Here’s a handy visual guide from the Crossroads of America Council:

    Happy Flag Day! To celebrate, here is how your properly fold a flag. Did you know that there are six American flags located on the moon? Apollo crews 11,12,14,15,16 and 17 planted the flags on the moon.

    Proper American Flag etiquette during weather conditions

    American flags, with the exception of all-weather flags, should not be displayed during inclement weather.

    Where you must display the American flag

    The American flag should be displayed in or near all schoolhouses, administration buildings of public institutions, and polling places on election days.

    American flags in parades

    American flags should only be displayed on parade floats if they are on a staff.

    The American flag on cars, trains and boats

    American flags should not be “draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle or of a railroad train or boat,” according to the U.S. Flag Code. Flags displayed on cars should be on a mounted pole that’s firmly attached to the chassis or the right fender.

    Displaying other flags with the American flag

    Within the U.S. or in a U.S. territory, no other flag or pennant should be displayed above the American flag, with the exception of naval chaplains conducting church services at sea, “when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy,” according to the Flag Code.

    American flags on speaker’s platforms

    When displayed flat on a speaker’s platform, American flags should be above and behind the speaker.

    How to fly the American flag half-staff

    To bring a flag to half-staff, first hoist it to the peak for one moment, and then lower to half-staff.

    Days to fly the American flag at half-staff

    The American flag should be flown at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day, and should also be flown at half-staff “upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory.” The flag may be flown at half-staff on other occasions as instructed by the president.

    Covering a casket with the American flag

    When covering a casket, arrange the American flag so that the union is at the head and over the left shoulder. The flag should not touch the ground or be lowered into the grave.

    An American flag should not touch the ground

    The American flag should never touch the ground, the floor, or any water beneath it.

    Rules for displaying the American Flag

    The American flag should never be displayed upside down, “except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property,” according to the Flag Code.

    Wearing the American flag on clothing

    This rule isn’t strictly followed these days, but according to the U.S. Flag Code, the American flag “should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery.”

    Improper uses of the American flag

    The American flag should never be used as a receptacle for holding or delivering something. It should also not be used as a covering for a ceiling, or for any advertising purposes.

    Getting rid of an American flag

    When a flag is no longer fit for display—for example, if it has become too worn or damaged—it “should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning,” according to the Flag Code.

    How to carry the American flag

    The American should never be carried flat, “but always aloft and free.”

    Parade Daily

    Advertising with the American flag

    The flag should not be used for advertising purposes, and should not be printed on any discardable product such as paper napkins or boxes.

    The American flag on costumes and uniforms

    The flag should never be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, according to the Flag Code.

    Francis Scott Key Post 11

    When to Display Your Flag

    The flag should be displayed, from sunrise to sunset, on all days when the weather permits, especially on:

    New Year’s Day, January 1.

    Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Third Monday in January.

    Washington’s Birthday, February 22.

    Mother’s Day, Second Sunday in May.

    Armed Forces Day, Third Saturday in May.

    Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), Last Monday in May.

    Flag Day, June 14th.

    Independence Day, July 4th.

    Labor Day, First Monday in September.

    Constitution Day, September 17th.

    Columbus Day, October 12th.

    Veterans Day, November 11th.

    Thanksgiving Day, Fourth Thursday in November.

    Christmas Day, December 25th.

    Election Days (various).

    Federally observed dates of the above holidays which may be different from the actual dates.

    Such days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States.

    State and Local Holidays.

    Folding the Flag

    1. Bring the striped half up over the blue field.

    2. Then fold it in half again.

    3. Bring the lower striped corner to the upper edge forming a triangle.

    4. Then fold the upper point in to form another triangle. Continue until the entire length of the flag is folded.

    5. When you get near the end – nothing but the blue field showing – tuck the last bit into the other folds to secure it.

    WHY THE AMERICAN FLAG IS FOLDED 13 TIMES.

    Have you ever noticed on TV or at military funerals that the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the American flag 13 times? Each fold of the U.S. flag has an important meaning. We have verified its accuracy at the U.S. Air Force Academy Web site [go to main page, then click on “Information”, then on “Flags”].

    1. The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

    2. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

    3. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

    4. The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

    5. The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.”

    6. The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

    7. The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they are found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

    8. The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.

    9. The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

    10. The tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

    11. The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

    12. The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.

    13. When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation’s motto, “In God We Trust”. After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones. Those who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.

    Students learn to fold a flag properly and practice the technique by folding paper flags.

    • follow instructions for folding a U.S. flag.
    • practice by folding paper flags.

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    • an American flag
    • Folding the Flag Instructions
    • a paper flag for practice folding (Sources: Printable Stars and Stripes or this alternate source. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

    Invite two students — using a real flag, if possible — to read and demonstrate the steps involved in correctly folding a U.S. flag. Simple instructions for folding the flag can be found at Folding the Flag. After the first pair of students has successfully followed the folding directions, ask two or three additional student pairs to demonstrate the technique as well.

    Provide each student with a paper flag. See links to a full-color flag and a black-and-white, ready-to-color flag in the Materials Needed section above. Have students work in pairs to follow the flag folding directions, or lead the entire class in the paper flag folding exercise.

    Students follow the directions to correctly fold a U.S. flag.

    Lesson Plan Source

    SOCIAL SCIENCES: Civics

    • GRADES K – 4
      NSS-C.K-4.5 Roles of the Citizen
    • GRADES 5 – 8
      NSS-C.5-8.5 Roles of the Citizen
    • GRADES 9 – 12
      NSS-C.9-12.5 Roles of the Citizen

      Return to the Flag Day lesson plan page.

      See additional Flag Day lessons in the Education World articles A Salute to Flag Day and Celebrate the Stars and Stripes.

      By Caitlin O’Kane

      September 21, 2018 / 4:29 PM / CBS News

      A photo of three young boys folding an American flag in Hayden, Idaho, has gone viral, with many praising the boys for their efforts to protect the flag.

      Amanda Reallan spotted the boys outside of Hayden Meadows Elementary school on Wednesday. What she saw compelled her to take a photo. Two boys were holding the ends of an American flag together to fold it in half. The third boy laid underneath the flag, so if it slipped from his friends’ hands, it wouldn’t hit the ground.

      Reallan shared the heartwarming picture on Facebook. “Wow! I just watched the most amazing act of Patriotism!” the mom wrote. “Was waiting to pick up my children from school when three boys took down the flag. They were having a hard time making sure it didn’t touch the ground when the third boy laid under it to honor not letting it touch the ground!”

      The photo of the patriotic young men protecting the sacred flag soon went viral.

      Hayden Meadows Elementary School. This needs to go viral! Wow! I just watched the most amazing act of Patriotism.

      The boys are fifth graders Naylan Tuttle, Jack LeBreck, and Casey Dolan, KHQ reports. The three friends explained why the took so much care in folding the flag.

      “This is our nation’s flag, this is our school’s flag, it’s how we represent our country,” LeBreck said. “If you let it touch the ground then you disrespect our country is what I heard.”

      The boys had a mentor who taught them about the flag. Mac McCarty, the school’s custodian, showed the 5th graders how to properly fold and store it. “Mr. Mac” as the kids call him, told KHQ he is an Air Force veteran and that his father and grandfather were both in the military. He was happy the boys took his lesson to heart.

      “They did themselves proud, they did their families proud, they did our school proud and our community and I’m very proud of them and I’m sure their families are very proud of them as well,” McCarty said.

      “I think it would be very honorable for me, my dad and my grandfather, they’ve been in the service, in the military, so I probably think I would make them proud,” Naylan Tuttle said.

      The Uplift

      Caitlin O’Kane is a digital content producer covering trending stories for CBS News and its good news brand, The Uplift.

      First published on September 21, 2018 / 4:29 PM

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