How to Fold the Flag

  1. Have two people stand on either end of the flag, holding a corner in each hand.
  2. Fold the flag in half twice width-wise.
  3. Beginning at the striped end, bring one corner of the folded edge to the opposite side of the flag, forming a triangle.
  4. Bring the point inward to form another triangle.
  5. Repeat this triangular folding until only a small strip of the star field shows.
  6. Tuck this strip into the triangle.

How to Fold an American Flag

Meaning of Each Fold

  • The first fold of the flag is a symbol of life
  • The second fold of the flag is a symbol of a belief in eternal life
  • The third fold is a symbol of honor and remembrance of veterans.
  • The fourth fold is a symbol of weakness.
  • The fifth fold is a tribute to our country.
  • The sixth fold is where our hearts lie.
  • The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces.
  • The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, so that we may see the light.
  • The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood
  • The tenth fold is a tribute to fathers
  • The eleventh fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David & King Solomon, glorifying the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob.
  • The twelfth fold represents the emblem of eternity and glorifies the God of the Father, the Son & Holy Ghost.
  • When the folds are complete, the stars are uppermost and remind us of our national motto, "In God we Trust."
  • The flag will resemble a cocked hat, representing soldiers, Marines & Sailors of the past & present.