Flag Information

Military Honor Funerals

Placing the US Flag on a casket:

The flag is placed so the union blue is at the head and over the left shoulder of the body. Do not lower the flag into the grave. After Taps is played, the flag is folded into the symbolic tri-cornered shape.

Folding the US Flag:

  1. Two persons, facing each other, hold the flag waist high and horizontally between them.
  2. The lower striped section is folded, lengthwise, over the blue field. Hold bottom to top and edges together securely.
  3. Fold the flag again, lengthwise, folded edge to open edge.
  4. A triangular fold is started along the length of the flag, from the end to the heading by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to meet the open edge.
  5. The outer point is turned inward parallel with the open edge, forming a second triangle.
  6. Repeat the triangular folding until the entire length of the flag is folded.
  7. When the flag is completely folded, only the triangular blue field should be visible.
  8. After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States,preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.

Flag Folding Ceremony:

We fold from the stripes towards the stars, for whereas the strips represent the thirteen original colonies that founded our republic and they are now embodied in the fifty sovereign states represented by the stars so that the stars cover the stripes.

The first fold of our Flag is a symbol of life.

The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

The third fold is made in honor and remembrances of the Veteran departing our ranks who gave a portion of his life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world not to have been in vain and shall never be forgotten.

The fourth represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, for it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in times of war for His divine guidance.

The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of the immortal Stephen Decatur, "Our country, in dealing with other countries, may She always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong."

The sixth fold -- for this is where our hearts lie -- and it is with our hearts that we pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through these same armed forces that we protect our country and our Flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within our without the boundaries of our republic.

The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the Valley of the Shadow of Death, that we might see the light of day, and this fold is made to honor Mother, for whom it flies on Mother's Day.

The ninth fold is a tribute to our womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty, and devotion that the characters of men who have made this country great have been molded.

The tenth fold is a tribute to Father, for he too has given his sons for the defense of our country, since he was first born.

The eleventh fold, for in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen, this represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes the God of Abraham, the Good of Isaac, and God of Jacob.

The twelfth fold, for in the eyes of a Christian citizen, this represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies in their eyes God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.

When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, which reminds us of our national motto, "In God We Trust".

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.