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How to Display and Fold the American Flag

Our country’s flag is more than just a piece of cloth. It’s a symbol of America. It represents our past, our present and our future, which means the flag of the United States must be honored and treated with respect.

You can flag the flag every day of the year, but you have to do it the right way. Fly your flag from sunrise to sunset. If you want to keep it raised at night, make sure it’s lit properly so it isn’t flying in total darkness.


If the U.S. flag is flown with other types of flags — like state flags or maybe your Scout unit’s flag — the U.S. flag should be given the position of honor to its own right. That means if you’re standing next to the flag and looking out at an audience or away from a building, the U.S. flag should always be on the right.

When hoisting a flag on a flagpole, hold the folded flag so it does not touch the ground. This is a two-man job: One person attaches the flag to the line and raises it while the other holds it steady throughout. When the flag is flying freely, one person should step back and salute it while the other ties the line to the flagpole.

To lower the flag, repeat the process in reverse order. While one person salutes, another should loosed the line and lower the flag slowly. When the flag is in reach, the person who was saluting should gather the flag in his arms while the other removes the flag from the flagpole and re-ties the line.


But you’re not done yet. You can’t just fold up the flag any old way. Hold it at waist level between yourself and another person, fold it in half lengthwise, then fold it in half lengthwise again, always keeping the blue field on the outside. While one person holds the flag by the blue field, the other should make triangular folds from the opposite end until only the blue field is available.


The U.S. flag can be carried on a staff in parades, at Scout meetings and during other ceremonies and events.


3 Comments on How to Display and Fold the American Flag

  1. This was very helpful

  2. This is awesome. For people that don’t know how to fold the American flag, this is the place to go.

  3. I have seen a military flag folding where they fold it just a hair short on the lengthwise fold so that the red will not show.

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