Folding our American flag correctly and other respectful handling advice

The co-hosts of “Fox and Friends Weekend” are shown how to properly fold the American flag by Max Berry, Katie Lyon, and Wes Lyon, co-founders of Allegiance Flag Supply. They are also shown their company’s 100% American-made flags.

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When it comes to actions like folding the flag, there is a proper way to do this that demonstrates respect for our country’s most revered emblem.

In an interview with Fox News Digital, board member of the National Flag Foundation and collector of antique American flags Peter Kiem underlined the value of treating the flag with respect.

It’s the foundation of our country, he declared. It’s what we stand for.

American soldiers and the U.S. flag are pictured here. "The flag is the fabric of our nation," said historic American flag collector Peter Kiem.

American soldiers and the U.S. flag are pictured here. “The flag is the fabric of our nation,” said historic American flag collector Peter Kiem. (iStock)

The author of “A Grand Old Flag,” Kiem explained that showing courtesy means following flag code, as well as keeping the flag off the ground, being careful not to crumple it during storage and folding it to procedure.

Allegiance Flag Supply, an all-American flag producer based in Charleston, South Carolina, knows a thing or two about flag folding.

Allegiance Flag Supply co-founders Max Berry, Katie Lyon and Wes Lyon joined "Fox and Friends Weekend" on July 2, 2022, to discuss key aspects of folding the American flag.

Allegiance Flag Supply co-founders Max Berry, Katie Lyon and Wes Lyon joined “Fox and Friends Weekend” on July 2, 2022, to discuss key aspects of folding the American flag. (Fox News)

Co-founders Max Berry, Katie Lyon and Wes Lyon joined ” Fox andamp; Friends Weekend ” recently to demonstrate how to fold the flag properly.

Follow along with their simple steps!

1. GRAB A PARTNER

Youll want four hands to do this correctly.

Stand opposite your partner, holding the flag at its corners with one person on the hoist end.

Co-founders of Allegiance Flag Supply demonstrate how to properly fold the American flag on "Fox and Friends Weekend" on July 2, 2022.

Co-founders of Allegiance Flag Supply demonstrate how to properly fold the American flag on “Fox and Friends Weekend” on July 2, 2022. (Fox News)

2. START FOLDING

Fold the flag in half lengthwise, so that the blue starfield is facing the ground.

Fold the flag once more longways.

Be sure the fabric is flat and tight.

"Fox and Friends Weekend" co-hosts Rachel Campos-Duffy and Pete Hegseth partner up in folding the American flag on July 2, 2022.

“Fox and Friends Weekend” co-hosts Rachel Campos-Duffy and Pete Hegseth partner up in folding the American flag on July 2, 2022. (Fox News)

3. START ROLLING INTO TRIANGLES

Take the bottom left corner of the flag and fold it over to meet the right edge, creating a triangle.

Keep rolling triangles from right to left, all the way to the top of the flag.

The goal is to cover the entire red-and-white-striped surface of the flag so some adjusting of the fabric may be necessary to keep the folding tight.

Traditionally, the American flag should be folded a total of 13 times, Kiem explained, which symbolizes America’s beginnings with the 13 original colonies.

“It’s a symbol of our history,” he said. “It’s a symbol of where we started from.”

4. TUCK THE TAIL

Once your flag has been rolled into a firm triangle, a small bit of the end of the flag will be sticking out.

Take that remaining fabric and tuck it into the starfield pocket. Only blue and white should be left behind.

"Fox and Friends Weekend" co-host Pete Hegseth completes the folding of an American flag on July 2, 2022.

“Fox and Friends Weekend” co-host Pete Hegseth completes the folding of an American flag on July 2, 2022. (Fox News)

And there you have it a perfectly folded American flag.

The shape of the final product should resemble the cocked, tricorn military hat of the soldiers who served under then-Gen. George Washington , as The American Legion mentions on its website.

Even though the origin for this flag-folding procedure is unknown, many say it was Gold Star mothers who began the tradition while others credit an Air Force chaplain stationed at the United States Air Force Academy with the process.

CONTINUING COURTEOUS CARE OF THE FLAG

Respecting the American flag also includes the proper disposal and cleaning of the flag.

American flags should never be tossed into the garbage.

The American flag flies proudly outside a home. Flags can be washed in cool water with mild soap or laundry detergent.

Outside a house, the American flag is flown with pride. Flags can be cleaned with mild soap or laundry detergent in cool water. (iStock)

Allegiance Flag Supply recommended a few respectful disposal methods for flags that might be torn, frayed, or unsuited for display, including burning or burying the flag after folding it one final time.

Worn flags can also be given to groups like the American Legion, a Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop, or a VFW post in your community.

Flags should be washed in cool water with light soap or laundry detergent and then hung to dry, advises Allegiance Flag Supply.
According to the business website, certain dry cleaners in the United States offer complimentary cleaning for American flags.
Allegiance Flag Supply creates robust, high-quality flags that are manufactured in the USA using materials that are acquired domestically.
Fox News Digital’s lifestyle writer is Angelica Stabile. @atstabile is the Twitter handle to follow.

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