The U.S flag is a very important symbol of freedom and pride for all Americans. It has a meaningful role in many ceremonies, like burials and funerals. It is a custom in the U.S Army and Navy to lower the flag at the last note of retreat every day and fold it.
In addition, casket flag folding is a ceremonial tribute to a veteran and his or her family. In any case, the flag is folded 13 times into a tri-cornered shape.
The proper way to fold the flag is as follows:
- Step 1: Start by holding the flag at waist height with another person and stretch it out. The flag, at this step, should be parallel to the floor.
- Step 2: Next, fold the bottom half of the section with stripes lengthwise. As such, the stripes will fold over and cover the field of stars. Make sure that both “folders” are holding the top and bottom edges securely.
- Step 3: Then, fold the flag lengthwise once more. The blue field of the flag should now be on the outside.
- Step 4: Bring the stripes corner from the folded edge to the top open edge of the flag to make a triangular fold.
- Step 5: Now, form the second triangle by turning the outer end point inward and parallel to the open edge.
- Step 6: Continue to make the triangle folds all the way until the end of the flag’s entire length.
- Step 7: Check that the completely folded flag showcases the blue field of stars. The red and white parts of the flag should be wrapped into the blue, like the light of day vanishing into the night’s darkness.