American flag are manufactured with a proportion if 1.0 (The Hoist or Width) to 1.9 (The fly or the length), therefore the folding instruction are the same regardless the size of the flag.


The flag folding ceremony described by the Uniformed Service is a dramatic and uplifting way to honor the flag on special days, like Memorial Day or Veterans Day and is sometimes used at a retirement ceremony.

The flag folding ceremony represents the same religious principles on which our country was originally founded. The portion of the flag denoting honor is the canton of blue containing the stars representing the states our veterans served in uniform. The canton field of blue dresses from left to right and is inverted when draped as a pall on a casket of a veteran who has served our country in uniform.

In the Armed Forces of the United States, of the ceremony of retreat the flag is lowered, folded in a triangle fold and keep under watch throughout the night as a tribute to our nation's honored dead. The next morning it is brought out and, at the ceremony of reveille, run aloft as a symbol of our belief in the resurrection of the body.


Have you ever wondered why the American flag is folded 13 times when it lowered or when it is folded and handed to the widow or family member at the burial of a Veteran? You might have thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies. Here is the meaning of each of those folds:

  1. The First fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
  2. The Second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
  3. The Third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our rank who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.
  4. The Fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in times of war for His divine guidance.
  5. The Fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, " Our Country, in dealing with other countries may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong".
  6. The Sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart 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.
  7. The Seventh fold is tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.
  8. 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 the day, and honor mother, for whom it flies on Mother's Day.
  9. The Ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood: for it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of men and women who have made this country great has been molded.
  10. The Tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for him, too, has given his sons and daughters for defense of our country since they were first born.
  11. The Eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
  12. The Twelfth fold, in eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes. God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.
  13. The Thirteenth fold. When the flag is completely folded, the stars and uppermost, reminding us of our nation's 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 under General George Washington, and the sailors and Marines serving under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipments in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.

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