When a flag isn’t proudly being held on a pole, it can be shown in a case or display. To do so, however, the flag must first be correctly folded. This manner that we are about to show you is considered a respectful way to fold the flag.
This process is not only done for showing the flag on display, but for burying or burning the flag as well. Here is how to correctly fold the American flag.
What Will You Need
The first thing that you’ll need an American flag, preferably in excellent condition. A flag that is worn or tattered should be recycled. The second thing you’ll need is another person. When folding the flag, it needs to be held out in the air. The flag should not be wrapped on the ground, table, or any other surface. Having another person to hold the flag as you fold also helps to keep the fabric taut.
Here Are The Steps
Using two people hold the flag by all four of its corners, You’ll want to keep the flag parallel to the ground at about waist-level. Each person should have a short side of the flag, pulling to make the fabric tight.
Fold the flag in half, length way so that the blue field of stars are towards the ground. Then, do that again. At this point, the field should now face out from either side.
While your partner stands still and holds the fabric taut, it’s your turn to fold triangles down the line. Take the end opposite from the stars and grab the left-hand corner. You’ll want to curl upward so that the edge you’re holding is parallel to the right-hand side of the flag.
At the point where you folded the stripes should now be crossing each other. This method has formed your first triangle.
The next step is to take the outerside edge of the triangle and fold it over the flag. This should double up your original triangle. Continue to do this folding process until you meet the field of stars at the top. As you move up the flag make the folds tight.
From whatever is remaining, tuck into the open slot made between the stars and stripes. You know have a folded triangular flag to display in a nice case!