The truth is there is a proper way. If you go to a Memorial Ceremony you will notice that special focus is upon the folding of the American Flag. For years and years people saluted as people stood up with their right hand placed over the heart during the rise of the flag or the pledge of allegiance.
1.)There is also a proper way to lower the flag. People still stand to salute to the flag. As the black American flag is lowered and it is close to the ground, one of the individual will place one hand on each corner of the striped end.
If an American Flag should touch the ground.
Note: The American Flag should never touch the ground. If the flag touches the ground the flag should be burnt. Included with those flags that are to be burnt are torn, soiled, or tattered. The way we burn the flag out of respect would be to give “Old Glory” (American Flag) a proper Burning Ceremony. The American Legion and Boy Scouts burn thousands of flags every year. You can contact one of the two in order to properly dispose of the American Flag.
2.) As the flag continues to be lowered, the second individual will unhook the flag keeping one hand upon the first disconnected in and unhooking the second end. This individual will end up with the Star end of the Flag, one corner in one hand and the other corner in the other hand.
3.) The two men will then step backwards to stand far enough apart with their arms extended stretching the flag out completely.
4.) Fold with each man bringing their right hand and left hand together, still standing far apart. The individual will do this a told of two times. At this point the flag will become very narrow width, and length remaining the same.
5.) This is a very important part of folding the flag. Only one person, the individual that is holding both corners of the stripes will do this stage, while the other individual will remain with on hand firmly on each corner of the flag.The individual will start by making a 3/4 fold. It will look like the individual formed a triangle with this fold.
6. ) Making sure the fold is smooth, then taking the tip and folding it towards the other side. This will once again form another triangle. This individual will continue making this fold until only a small bit of the flag is left and will not allow for a complete fold.
7.) At this time, the remaining stars will fold and be tucked in between the material that formed the last triangle. Nothing will hang loose. The end will form a perfect triangle.
8.) At this time the flag should be placed in its own container to be stored unsoiled and respected.