Discussion in 'American Flag History' started by lsalzman, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. lsalzman

    lsalzman New Member

    I have purchased a 48 star burial flag measuring 9.5'x5' at an estate sale. I was told that the flag was from WWII and was sent home with the casket. The flag is in very used condition. My question is: Would a Burial flag ever be flown during the war and then sent home with a GI/casket? Or was this flag flown only by the family afterwords?
  2. Robin Hickman

    Robin Hickman Well-Known Member

    Hello, lsalzman!

    Welcome to the USA-FLAG-SITE Forums!

    Your "very used" Interment Flag was most likely flown by the Family AFTER they had received it at the end of the service.

    When Interment Flags ("Casket Flags", "Burial Flags", "Funeral Flags", etc.) are used for a burial/memorial service, they are brand NEW and un-used. After being used to cover the casket during the service, they are folded up and immediately given to the next of kin present at the service. ANY flying of the Flag after that would have been done by the Family, or at least by a member of the Family.

    Thank you for bringing your Flag-related question to our Forums!

    Robin Hickman
    Eugene, Oregon, USA.

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