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Flag Code

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Procedures for folding the Flag


There are no Flag Code provisions which require any method, however, the following is traditional:


(A) Straighten out the flag to full length and fold lengthwise once.


(B) Fold it lengthwise a second time to meet the open edge, making sure that the union of stars on the blue field remains outward in full view. (A large flag may have to be folded lengthwise a third time.)


(C) A triangular fold is then started by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to the open edge.


(D) The outer point is then turned inward parallel with the open edge to form a second triangle.


(E) The diagonal or triangular folding is continued toward the blue union until the end is reached, with only the blue showing and the form being that of a cocked (three corner) hat.

Product Image  American Legion Flag Education Video

America’s schoolteachers have a new resource when instructing young people about the meaning, care and display of the United States Flag. “For Which It Stands,” a multi-media educational package produced by The American Legion, is now available for use by teachers in the upper elementary, middle and junior high school grades.

“For Which It Stands” includes a 20-minute video feature on Digital Video Disc (DVD) format focusing on a young man named Joe, 14, who learns about the significance and meaning of the flag through a series of incidents that occur in his life.

The DVD also includes the Legion-produced animated feature “George Learns the Pledge” as well as instructional enhancements on flag etiquette and flag history.

The program is designed to help schools meet state education requirements in flag education and is consistent with state education standards in civics education.

“For Which It Stands” and related materials can be purchased from National Emblem Sales, The American Legion, P.O. Box 1050, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1050 or online at .

For more information, visit .

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