How to Fold a Flag

Posted by Alan J. Duro on Dec 19, 2016 9:21:00 AM


how to fold a flag

Folding a flag the correct way is an important part of or military and country's hertigage. In order to complete this task in the correct and respectful way you'll need to know how to do it right. Special care should be taken that no part of the flag touches the ground. The Flag is then carefully folded into the shape of a tri-cornered hat, which is actually emblematic of the hats worn by colonial soldiers during the War for Independence.

In the folding, each step has meaning and should be carried out in a professional way. We've put together a quick step by step guide on how to fold a flag so you can be fully prepared next time you're given this important task.




How to fold the Flag


Step 1


To properly fold the Flag you'll want to have another person with you to help. You'll begin by holding it waist-high with the other person so that its surface is flat and parallel to the ground.




Step 2


Simultanteously you'll then fold the lower half of the stripe section lengthwise over the field of stars, holding the bottom and top edges securely ensuring a smooth fold. This effectively folds the flag in 1/2.




Step 3


You'll then want to fold the flag one more time lengthwise with the blue field on the outside of the new fold.While folding make sure that the flag is taut and the folds are all as smooth as possible without wrinkles.




Step 4


Now that you have the flag folded into a slim version you'll want to start making triangular folds. Make the first fold by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to meet the open (top) edge of the flag (see diagram for pictures of open verses folded).



Step 5


After this first fold you'll want to turn the outer (end) point inward, parallel to the open edge, to form a second triangle.




Step 6


Using this method you'll then continue the triangular folding until the entire length of the flag is folded in this manner. 



Step 7


When the flag is completely folded, only a triangular blue field of stars should be visible as shown in the diagram above. This triangle is often stored or even encased in a glass box to be displayed inside or until it's ready to be unfolded and flown again. 


Learn more about flag maintainance, flag repair, and flagpole repair from other pages on our site. The flag care professionals at Accent Banner and more than willing to help you through any stage of the flag care and treatment process. If you find that you have a flag project that is too big for you to take on, such as a full flagpole installation, please call our on-site professionals to get a free quote before attempting such as task yourself. 


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Topics: flag care, flag anatomy, how to fold a flag

USA Flag Anatomy and Vexillology Terms

Posted by Derrek Coss on Jan 22, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Do you know the definition of “vexillology?”   If you over heard a discussion between two vexillologists (and we’re sure there are at least two of them) it would likely sound like a conversation in some strange alien language.  Well, hold on to your potatoes folks because we’re about to give you a lesson in vexillology, the scientific study of flags.

 gonfalonsFlag Anatomy and Vexillology Terms

The study of flags is quite interesting. No, seriously it is.  Just, do a  Google search on the term “gonfalon” and you’ll see tons of examples of what we mean. To learn more about gonfalons check out our gonfalon page. 


Gonfalon - an elaborate flag, usually of intricate design hung from a crossbar. Gonfalons can be used for a variety of reasons. Often graduation gonfalons are used at high school or college graduations. 





Here are some additional flag terms you may find interesting:

 flag terms or parts of a flag

Canton – the upper hoist quarter of a flag (see hoist below)

Charge – an emblem or device added to a flag or shield

Cockade – an ornament (rosette) or other significant colors worn as badge

Field – the background color of a flag or shield

Fimbriation – a thin band of color that separates two other colors

Fly – the half of a flag away from the flagstaff

Hoist – the half of a flag nearest the staff

Jack – a flag flown at the bow of a ship to indicate its nationality

Jolly Roger – common name for flag supposedly used by pirate…Arr

Livery Colors – the main colors of the field and main figure on a coat of arms

Obverse – the side of a flag seen when the staff is on the spectator’s left

Saltire – a diagonal cross

Staff – the pole from which a flag is flown

Fascinating isn’t it? Don’t forget to search “gonfalon” and may, your un-tattered flag always fly true in a stiff breeze.

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Please note the source for the above information is from Flags by Kent Alexander & Dr. Whitney Smith (Consulting Editor), published in 1992 by Mallard Press, NY, NY.

Topics: American flag, flag facts, flag terms, flag repair, U.S. flag, flag history, USA flag, flag parts, flag anatomy, gonfalon, vexillology

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