Use & folding of the Flag
- This flag is issued on beheld of the department of Veterans Affairs to honor the memory of one who has served our country.
- When used to drape the casket, the flag should be placed as follows:
- During a military commitment ceremony, the flag which was used to drape the casket is held waist thigh over the grave by the pallbearers and, immediately after the sounding of “Taps,” is folded in accordance with the illustration below.
- Folding the flag (see illustration below):
- The flag should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground. When taken form the casket , it should be folded as shown.
- The flag should form a distinctive feature of the ceremony of the unveiling of a statue or monument, but it should never be used as covering for the stature or monument.
- The flag should never be fastened displayed, used, or stowed in such a manner as will permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.
- The flag should never have placed upon it, nor any part of it, nor attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.
- The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
- The flag, wen badly worn, torn or soiled should no longer be publicly displayed, but privately destroyed by burning in such a manner as to convey no suggestion of disrespect or irreverence.
(a) Closed Casket – When the flag is used to drape a closed casket, it should be so placed that the union (blue field) is at the head and over the left shoulder of the deceased.
(b) Half Couch (open) – When the flag is used to drape a half-couch casket, it should be placed the three layers to cover the closed half of the casket in such a manner that the blue field will be the top fold,, next to the open portion of the casket on the deceased’s left.
(c) Full Couch (open) – When the flag I used to drape a full-couch casket, it should be folded in a triangular shape and placed in the center part of the head panel of the casket cap, just above the left shoulder of the deceased.
Why the flag is folded 13 times
1st Fold: Is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
2nd Fold: Is made in honor and remembrance of the
3rd Fold: Is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks
who have a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain
peace throughout the world.
4th Fold: Represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusted in God, it
is Him we turn in times of Peace as well as times of War for His divine guidance.
5th Fold: Is a tribute to our country, and our country in dealing with other
countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong.
6th Fold: Is for where our hearts lie. It is 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.
7th Fold: Is a tribute to our Armed Forces. For it is though the Armed Forces that
we protect our country and our flag against all enemies, whether they be
found within or without the boundaries of our Republic.
8th Fold: Is a tribute to the one who entered into the Valley f the Shadow of Death,
that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it
flies on Mother’s Day.
9th Fold: Is for the tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith,
love, loyalty and devotion that the charter of the men and women who
have made this country great has been molded.
10th Fold: Is for Father, for he too has given his sons and daughters for the defense of
11th Fold: In the eyes of the Hebrew citizen, represents the lower portion of the seal
King Solomon and glorifies in their eyes, the god of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
12th Fold: In the eyes of the Hebrew citizen, represents an emblem of eternity
and glorifies, in their eyes, the God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
13th Fold When the last fold made (13th), the stars are the upper most,
reminding us of our Nation’s Motto, “In God we Trust.”
After the flag is completed and tucked, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under Captain John Paul Jones, and who were followed by many comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United Stares, preserving for us the rights, privilege and freedoms we enjoy today.