How to Fold a Flag for a Shadow Box

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 National flag is also often and a good 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. United States has a special way of folding a flag that is reserved for the 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:

  • First, hold the flag waist-high with another person so that 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.
  • Fold the flag again lengthwise with the blue field on the outside.
  • Make a triangular fold by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to meet the open or top edge of the flag.
  • Turn the outer or end point inward, parallel to the open edge, to form a second triangle.
  • 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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