Disrespect to the American Flag

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Burning the America Flag We, as Americans burn our beloved flag when it is old, worn and tattered. We burn it in a special Flag Retirement Ceremony. As a matter of fact, in many cities across America, scout and veteran groups take in flags for this specific purpose. They will ceremonially burn one flag representing all of the others (sometimes …

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Honoring the POW/MIA Flag When Posting the Colors

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How do you honor the POW/MIA flag when posting the colors? Great question! Here is the answer: The POW/MIA color is not specifically honored when the colors are posted/presented. For a ceremony, after the colors are presented or posted, that is when the POW/MIA color can be brought in and posted. How the flag is brought in is up to …

Folding the American Flag with Two People

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The 2-Man Flag Fold (relax, “man” does not always mean “male,” in this case it denotes position) Many have attempted it and many have failed miserably. The following video shows, in general, how to accomplish folding the American flag. At a later date, I will go into great detail on how this is done. In the mean time, there is …

Flying an Interment Flag

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Recently I came across a member of an honor guard exclaiming that you can NEVER fly an interment flag (sometimes called a “casket flag”), the flag that is draped on a casket, folded and presented to the next of kin. How silly! Why would this be? It has grommets in it for this purpose! It’s a little long, but there …

Disgraceful use of the American Flag

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Disgraceful use of the American Flag: I have quite a bit of information on my website detailing how to properly use and dispose of an American flag. There are other websites that have similar information and then there are the government websites that have the full text of the US Flag Code. Having said all that, I’m not going to …

Ask DrillMaster: State Flag on a Casket?

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Question: I have been searching for an answer to a question and cannot find it. I hope you can help me. The question is what is the meaning of a state flag draped over a coffin? Answer: Hello James, thank you very much for the question.I’ve answered it here to help inform others who may have the same question. The …

Raising and Lowering the American Flag

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JROTC units are tasked with raising and lowering the flag(s) at their school. Honor guard units perform the same tasks from time-to-time. Many create their formation out of what has been handed down by word-of-mouth which can be unfortunate. Each service’s drill and ceremonies manual is not meant to describe the teeniest details of what is listed there, but we …

All About Flag Sizes

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A flag does not have fringe when it is flown from a stationary (at right) or mounted pole (just below). These are outside flags and are never fringed. A flag for a color guard has fringe and is what a color team carries and presents or posts. The Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard do not have fringe on the …

Nomenclature of the American Flag

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Canton or Union (blue field) Fly (length) Fly End (the end that flaps in the wind and gets the most damage) Grommets (commonly brass-reinforced holes within the header for mounting the flag on an outdoor flag pole, usually there are 2, but some very large flags have a third grommet in the center) Header (a strong fabric for reinforcement of …