Flag Education

How to Fold a  Flag


1.  Straighten out the flag to full length and fold lengthwise once.


2.  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).

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

4.  The outer point is then turned inward, parallel with the open edge, to form
     a second triangle.

5.  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.

For the meaning of the flag-folding program and more,
visit this page

How to Retire a  Flag


The Ceremony for Disposal of Unserviceable Flags is outlined in Resolution No. 440, passed by the 19th National Convention of The American Legion in New York, Sept. 20-23, 1937. The ceremony has been an integral part of American Legion ritual since that date.

If you have an unserviceable flag, please bring it to Post 500 and place in the patriotic mail box in the lobby.  We will retire the flag at our next nearly Flag Retirement Ceremony, which will be held on June 15, 2019.