Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Re: Flag Ettiquette
Re: Flag Ettiquette
Sat, 4 Sep 1999 12:17:28 -0500
I have no idea what the official answer is, but thought I'd toss in what I
consider to be the common sense answer.
As I see it, the reason we respect the flag is to honor the ideals our
nation is founded on, and the people who fought to maintain them over the
Therefore, all US flags would get the same respectful treatment as the
current one. This would not matter whether it was a revolutionary era
flag, or simply an older flag that only had 48 stars. In all of those
historical eras, people worked, fought, and died under those flags to gain
and maintain our freedom.
I think it also has the effect of reminding us that many people over a very
long time have sacrificed to pass on to us, the nation we have today.
That's my take on it.
>I was told that only the CURRENT United States Flag gets
>folded in a triangle. All other Historic US Flags (Spirit of 76, Betsy
>Ross, Stars and Stripes, etc.) get folded into a normal
>square/rectangle. This way the current flag is easily distinguishable.
>However, I recently attended a camp-out, and the historic flag was
>folded into a triangle. When I asked about it, I was told ALL US flags
>(current and historic) are folded into triangles. Does anybody out there
>know the correct way to fold historic flags?
BSA Troop 94
Viking Council, Northern Lights District
Maple Grove, Minnesota, USA
"I used to be an Owl" C-23-99