Folding the American Flag
Method of Folding The United States Flag
(A) Fold the lower striped section over the blue field.
(B) Folded edge is then folded over to meet the open edge.
(C) A triangular fold is then started by bringing the striped
corner of the folded edge to the open edge.
(D) Outer point is then turned inward parallel with the open edge
to form a second triangle.
(E) Triangular folding is continued until the entire length of
the flag is folded in the triangular shape of a cocked hat
with only the blue field visible
1. The flag is issued on behalf of the Department of Veterans Affairs to honor the memory of one who has served our country.
2. When used to drape the casket, the flag should be placed as follows:
Casket - When the flag is used to drape a closed casket, it should be
so placed that the union (blue field) is at the head and over the left
shoulder of the deceased.
Half Couch (Open) - When the flag is used to drape a half-couch
casket, it should be placed three layers to cover the closed half of
the casket in such a manner that the blue field will be the top fold,
next to the open portion of the casket on the deceased's left.
Full Couch (Open) - When the flag is used to drape a full-couch
casket, it should be folded in a triangular shape and placed in the
center part of the head panel of the casket cap, just above the left
shoulder of the deceased.
3. During a
military commitment ceremony, the flag which was used to drape the
casket is held waist high over the grave by the pallbearers and,
immediately after the sounding of "Taps," is folded in accordance with
the instructions above.
4. The flag
should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground.
When taken from the casket, it should be folded as above.
5. The flag
should form a distinctive feature of the ceremony of unveiling a
statue or monument, but it should never be used as a covering for the
statue or monument.
6. The flag
should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stowed in such a manner
as will permit it to easily be torn, soiled or damaged in any way.
7. The flag
should never have placed upon it, nor any part of it, nor attached to
it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or
drawing of any nature.
8. The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
9. The flag,
when badly worn, torn, or soiled should no longer be publicly
displayed, but privately destroyed by burning in such a manner as to
convey no suggestion of disrespect or irreverence.
A folded burial flag can be encased in a flag display case. Flag cases are usually made from wood and many feature a glass front for viewing. They can be personalized with an engraved nameplate which attaches to the glass front.