When to Display your Flag
The flag should be displayed, from sunrise to sunset, on all days when the weather permits,
New Year's Day, January 1.
Martin Luther King's Birthday, Third Monday in January.
Washington's Birthday, February 22.
Mother's Day, Second Sunday in May
Armed Forces Day, Third Saturday in May.
Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), Last Monday in May
Flag Day, June 14th.
Independence Day, July 4th.
Labor Day, First Monday in September
Constitution Day, September 17th
Columbus Day, October 12th.
Veterans Day, November 11th.
Thanksgiving Day, Fourth Thursday in November
Christmas Day, December 25th
Election Days (various).
Federally observed dates of the above holidays which may be different from the actual dates.
Such days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States.
State and Local Holidays.
Folding the Flag
1. Bring the striped half up over the blue field.
2. Then fold it in half again.
3. Bring the lower striped corner to the upper edge forming a triangle.
4. Then fold the upper point in to form another triangle. Continue until the
entire length of the flag is folded.
5. When you get near the end - nothing but the blue field showing - tuck
the last bit into the other folds to secure it.
WHY THE AMERICAN FLAG IS FOLDED 13 TIMES.
Have you ever noticed on TV or at military funerals that the honor guard
pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the American flag 13 times?
Each fold of the U.S. flag has an important meaning. We have verified its
accuracy at the U.S. Air Force Academy Web site [go to main page, then
click on "Information", then on "Flags"].
1. The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
2. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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."
6. 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.
7. 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
8. The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the
shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother,
for whom it flies on Mother's Day.
9. The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their
faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and
women who have made this country great has been molded.
10. The tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons
and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.
11. The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen represents the lower
portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their
eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
12. The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an
emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and
13. When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding
us of our nation's motto, "In God We Trust". After the flag is completely
folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever
reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George
Washington, and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John
Paul Jones. Those who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in
the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights,
privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.
I 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.
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