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How to fold the Patriotic American flag

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The American flag is one of the most iconic symbols in the country. It's also easy to fold, which is a good thing, since there are so many occasions when you need to do it. Whether you're packing up for a move or cleaning up after a party, folding the American flag properly will make it look nice and neat. Here's how to do it.

The flag should be folded in a triangular shape.

 

The flag should be folded in a triangular shape. The only fold that is not a triangle is the last one. The first fold of the flag should be a triangle with the blue field on the outside and the stars on the inside. The second fold should be in honor of those who died for their country. The third fold is to honor the president of the United States. The fourth fold is to honor our mothers, fathers, and children. The fifth fold is for unity of our country. The sixth fold is for the principles of truth, justice, and equality. The seventh fold is for the unity of mankind. The eighth fold is for peace. The ninth fold is a tribute to America's armed forces. The tenth and eleventh folds are for our country's hope and eternal life. Finally, the twelfth and final fold is a tribute to our country's motto: "In God We Trust."

Fold the flag in half lengthwise.

 

Place the flag on a table or flat surface, blue field up. Fold the lower half of the flag over the upper half, creating a right triangle. Then fold the triangle in half again, bringing it to meet the other edge of the flag and forming a rectangle. Finally, fold the rectangle in half lengthwise to form a neat square. The stars should be visible on both sides of the square.

Fold the flag in half lengthwise again.

 

1. Fold the flag in half lengthwise so that the stars are showing on the outside.
2. Fold it again lengthwise so that the stars are hidden inside.
3. Wrap it around a staff or lay it on a table.

Fold one end of the flag to meet the other end, making sure to leave enough of the striped section of the flag out to form a triangle.

 

The American flag is traditionally folded thirteen times. The first fold of the flag is a symbol for life. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world. 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 time of war for His divine guidance. 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." 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. The seventh fold is a 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 are found within or without the boundaries of our republic

Tuck the striped section under the folds and unfold, forming a triangle with only red and white stripes visible.

 

Place the flag on a table, with the stripes at the top. Fold it lengthwise in half, bringing the striped end over, and tucking it under the folds of the flag. Unfold, forming a triangle with only red and white stripes visible.

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