As an Army and Navy custom, the flag is lowered daily at the last note of
retreat. 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,
emblematic of the hats worn by colonial soldiers during the war for
Independence. In the folding, the red and white stripes are finally wrapped into
the blue, as the light of day vanishes into the darkness of night.
custom of special folding is reserved for the United States Flag alone.
How to fold the Flag
properly fold the Flag, begin by holding it waist-high with another person so
that its surface is parallel to the ground.
lower half of the stripe section lengthwise over the field of stars,
holding the bottom and top edges securely.
the flag again lengthwise with the blue field on the outside.
a triangular fold by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to meet the
open (top) edge of the flag.
the outer (end) point inward, parallel to the open edge, to form a second
triangular folding is continued until the entire length of the flag is folded in
the flag is completely folded, only a triangular blue field of stars should be