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How to Fold a Military Flag

How to Fold a Military Flag

How to Fold a Flag for a Shadow Box is not only intended as a memorabilia of one’s Military career but  it also serve as way to honor and recognize the recipient’s service.

Medals, awards, badges, insignias or items that signify the history of a personnel’s career is included in a Shadow Box. The Stars'n'Stripesl flag is also often and a perfect addition in a Shadow Box’s content.

The National Flag placed in a Shadow Box symbolizes that our country benefited from the loyal service of the recipient of the shadow box. The United States has a special way of folding a flag that is reserved for our county alone. For Shadow Boxes, it is typical that flags are folded in the appearance of a tri-cornered hat, symbolic of the hats worn by colonial soldiers during the War of Independence.

Here are the steps on how to properly fold a flag for a Shadow Box or any military ceremony:

  1. First, 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, 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 or top edge of the flag.
  5. Turn the outer or end point inward, parallel to the open edge, to form a second triangle.
  6. The triangular folding is continued until the entire length of the flag is folded in this manner.

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

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