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How to Fold an American Flag

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When the American flag is not in use, it should be folded into the traditional triangular shape. Whether the flag is folded as part of a military ceremony or it just needs to be prepared for storage, it must be done in a neat and respectful manner. The flag should never touch the ground. Before we get started, it's important to note that the flag should be positioned horizontally and each fold should be tight. This method requires two people since the flags are typically large and folds must be precise.

Step 1

How to Fold an American Flag - step 01

First, fold the flag in half lengthwise, covering the stars with the stripes.

Step 2

How to Fold an American Flag - step 02

Fold in half lengthwise again. This should expose the stars.

Step 3

How to Fold an American Flag - step 03

Starting on the striped side, begin folding the flag into triangular pieces at ninety degree angles. Repeat this process until there is one fold left.

Step 4

How to Fold an American Flag - step 04

Perform the triangular fold one more time from the opposite side.

Step 5

How to Fold an American Flag - step 05

Tightly tuck the newly folded remainder deep into the flag.

After the fold is complete, it's important to perform a quick visual inspection. Make sure the white header with hoist grommets, as well as the flag's stripes are not exposed on any tip or side. If folded properly, the flag will be in a triangular shape and only the blue field of stars will be visible.

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