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How to fold our Nation's Flag

Proper Folding of the American Flag

Your nation’s flag has been waving over military installations, federal office buildings and outside of americans’ homes for more than 200 years. as military members, we should take great care with the stars and stripes for it is rich in history and a symbol of pride for our country. one such way to honor the flag is to know how to properly fold it.


1. Hold the flag waist high. fold the lower striped section of the flag over the blue field. the folded edge is then folded over to meet the open edge.

2. A triangular fold is then started by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to the open edge. the outer point is then turned inward parallel with 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.

3. When the flag is completely folded, only the blue field should be visible and it should be folded in the triangular shape of a cocked hat.


Source: Airman Magazine (U.S. Air Force) It is a different branch and the images show different uniforms, but it is the same flag and we all fold it the same way.

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