Folded American Flag

How should multiple flags be folded when taken down?

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How should multiple flags be folded when taken down? The American flag must always be folded into a triangle. (Never fold a fringed American flag into a triangle!) What about other flags that fly with the American flag? All other flags are twice folded in half length-wise and then folded in half width-wise three or four times depending on their …

Christian Flag over American Flag?

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As a Christian, I get it. On church grounds, inside or out, the Christian flag should be flown above the American during services or really, all the time. After all, God is the One in control. However, Christians know that we are to follow the rules of those appointed to authority (Romans 13). Those rules state that no other flag …

What is Authorized When Presenting the Colors?

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  Question: I need information for a color guard presentation when other music is played instead of the National Anthem or when the Pledge of Allegiance is recited. Answer: The only music should be the National Anthem. The Pledge is the only replacement for the Anthem. No other music is authorized. If a band is present and the occasion warrants, the …

How to Avoid Disaster

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For honor guard units, drill teams and color guards. I could make this article very short and just write: Check your equipment before every use: practice or performance. It’s that simple. It really is that simple, but you should also do a little more, just in case. See also this article about creating Drill Buddies for your team. In the …

When to Raise and Lower the American Flag

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I received these questions just a short time ago. 1. At the beginning of the work day (duty day) when raising the U.S. flag in conjunction with a state flag which one is flown first? I believe it to be the U.S. flag. Answer: Per the Flag Code, the American flag is always raised first. 2. When lowering the flags …

Carrying a Color in the Port Position

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When a rifle is in front of your body at an angle with the muzzle dissecting the left shoulder and butt stock over the right hip, that is the Port Position. If both of your hands are in the proper place, that is called Port Arms. The picture at right shows Port Arms that is more of a Marine Corps style …

Flag Pole Height Chart and Maritime Flag Arrangements

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For our purposes, flagpole means a permanent pole cemented into the ground and flagstaff is one that is carried. For flagpoles a general rule of thumb is the height of the flag should be 1/3 or 1/5 the height of the flagpole (the pole should be three or five times the height of the flag). Here is an example. For a …

The Flagpole with Two Halyards and the Intended Direction of Display

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When I travel, I am usually aware of flag displays and other ceremonial aspects that many people don’t recognize. In the two pictures above, you can see three flags displayed on a flagpole that has a two halyard system at a rest stop where my wife and I had lunch. I am posting this to educate people, not call out …

The Case for Cased Flags and Colors

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A Cased Flag At right is a picture of a cased flag (this is a folded interment flag). Once the American flag is folded, it is considered cased and does not receive a salute. Here is an example: the flag is brought down in the evening from a stationary flagpole. The team folds it, forms up and marches away (with …

When, Where and How to Refold a Flag

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A Badly folded flag All across America folded American, state, territorial and tribal flags are presented to the next of kin (NOK) of fallen military and first responder veterans. Unfortunately, some of these flags are poorly folded and still handed off. I’ve witnessed a folded flag in the hands of a first responder who was sincerely trying to cover the …