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Folding the American Flag
The American Flag is a symbol of  heritage, honor and national pride. The method of folding the American Flag is a mark of respect for all it symbolizes. The method of folding the American flag involves 13 folds, each of which has been ascribed a highly patriotic meaning. The symbolism and meaning associated with folding the American flag are detailed in this article.

Instructions for Folding
The Instructions and method for the Folding the American Flag are provided in an illustrated step-by-step guide. 

 
 

Instructions for Folding the American Flag into a Triangle
The Instructions for Folding the American Flag into a Triangle are detailed below into a few easy stages.

Instructions for Folding the American Flag into a Triangle

Folding Instructions for Stage 1
Two people, facing each other, should hold the flag
waist-high and horizontally between them

Folding Step 2 Folding Instructions for Stage 2
The lower striped section is folded, lengthwise, over the stars. Fold bottom to top
and hold edges securely together.
Folding Step 3 Folding Instructions for Stage 3
Fold the flag again, lengthwise, with the folded edge
 to the open edge.
Folding Step 4 Folding Instructions for Stage 3
Fold the flag again, lengthwise, with the folded edge
 to the open edge.
Folding Step 5 Folding Instructions for Stage 4
Fold in the triangle shape.
Folding Step 6 Folding Instructions for Stage 5
Fold again to form a second triangle. Repeat the triangular folding action until the entire
 length of the flag is folded.
Folding - The Triangle Folding Instructions for Stage 6
When the flag is completely folded only the triangle
 blue field (stars) should be visible.

The American Flag Folding Ceremony
The flag folding ceremony represents the same principles on which America was originally founded. At the ceremony of retreat observed in the US Armed Forces,  the flag is lowered, folded until a triangle fold showing the 'union' (stars). It is then kept under watch throughout the night as a tribute to the Nation's honored dead. The next morning it is brought out and, at the ceremony of reveille, hoisted aloft as a symbol of the belief in the resurrection of the body.

Folding the American Flag Meaning
Thirteen folds are required to properly fold the American flag. Each fold has been unofficially ascribed a meaning and is symbolic of life, the Christian religion, trust in God and eternal life. The meanings of other folds pay tribute to the US Armed Forces, the veterans, those who have died for their country and for their mothers and their fathers.

Folding the American Flag 13 Times - The Meaning of each Fold
Folding the american flag 13 times - the meaning of each fold. Each fold traditionally has a specific meaning which has been ascribed to each of the 13 fold. At military ceremonies when the flag is lowered or funeral ceremonies,  when it is folded and handed to the widow at the burial of a veteran, meticulous attention is paid to folding the American flag 13 times.

Folding the American Flag 13 Times - The Meaning of each Fold

  Meaning of Fold 1: A symbol of life.  
  Meaning of Fold 2: A symbol of our belief in eternal life.  
  Meaning of Fold 3: In remembrance and to honor of the veterans who have given their lives for the defense of America to attain peace throughout the world.  
  Meaning of Fold 4: Trusting in God in times of peace as well as in times of war  
  Meaning of Fold 5: In tribute to the United States of America  
  Meaning of Fold 6: Is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the US flag, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.  
  Meaning of Fold 7: In tribute to the American Armed Forces  
  Meaning of Fold 8: To honor our mothers, for whom the flag flies on Mother's Day.  
  Meaning of Fold 9: In tribute to women, their love, loyalty and devotion  
  Meaning of Fold 10: A tribute to our fathers, for giving his sons and daughters for the defense of the United States of America  
  Meaning of Fold 11: The glorification of God  
  Meaning of Fold 12: An emblem of eternity and Christian beliefs  
  Meaning of Fold 13: When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of the nation's motto, "In God We Trust".  

Folding the American Flag 13 Times - The Meaning of each Fold

Folding the American Flag - The Meaning of the end Triangle
Following the folding of the American flag there is also a meaning of the Triangle. The shape of the triangle resembles the appearance of a cocked, or a tri-cornered, hat that was worn by the Revolutionary soldiers who served under General George Washington and the sailors who served under Captain John Paul Jones who fought for the United States, preserving the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.

 

Folding the American Flag

Folding the American Flag

The Meaning of each Fold

Meaning, Method and Instructions
The American Folding Ceremony
Instructions for folding into a Triangle
The Meaning of the end Triangle
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