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  • Outtabreath
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    For anyone interested, Here is a link to properly folding your flag, as well as a Flag folding ceremony and what each fold means.
    http://www.usflag.org/fold.flag.html#FFC

    The home page has some good links to FDNY 9-11 tribute
    http://www.usflag.org/

    Stephen
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    @Outtabreath wrote:

    For anyone interested, Here is a link to properly folding your flag, as well as a Flag folding ceremony and what each fold means.
    http://www.usflag.org/fold.flag.html#FFC

    While noble, this is an urban legend.

    @Snopes.com wrote:

    The American flag isn’t folded in this manner because the thirteen folds correspond to the original thirteen states, or because the folding produces a shape resembling a cocked hat, or because each of the folds has a special symbolic meaning. The flag is folded this way simply because it provides a dignified ceremonial touch that distinguishes folding a flag from folding an ordinary object such as a bedsheet, and because it results a visually pleasing, easy-to-handle shape. That this process requires thirteen folds is coincidental, not the product of design.

    You can read more about it at:
    http://www.snopes.com/military/flagfold.htm

    -Stephen

    Outtabreath
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    A last line delete before I posted was:
    “although this is not accurate in its origin, it may reflect the feelings of some”.
    And while this was not originally the reasons why the flag was folded in this manner, it is in fact a ceremony that is used during some retirement ceremonies and is from the US Air Force Academy.

    Puck
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    Interesting web site.
    I looked at the historical flags as I have a miniture flag that I am flying beneath the American flag. This is a green flag with a blue field. In the field is a random constellation of 13 stars. This is the flag that Capt Stark led his army under during the battle of Bennington. I am flying it because This army was comprised of militia and regulars from New England. It was a dark moment. The biggest land invasion of the war was underway. The Americans were up against proffesional soldiers and mercenaries. At the end of the day the enemy was defeated as they were a few weeks later at Saratoga, the turning point of the war. This flag to me shows what Americans can in the darkest hour when we are united.

    Incidently the flag known as the Bennington flag (it has the 76 in the field” was made after the battle and brought into the public eye for the centenial. The plack at the Bennington museum explains this. http://www.virtualvermont.com/history/benflag.html

    Good luck to everyone… can’t way to meet you Sat night.

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