Veteran Burial Flag

Discussion in 'Other US Flag Etiquette' started by MikeMan, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. MikeMan

    MikeMan New Member

    Is there etiquette to receiving the burial flag? I am to be the proud recipient of my grandfather's burial flag next week. I am not military. Is there anything before, during, or after the ceremony that I should be aware of (other than proudly displaying at home of course)? There will not be a casket or burial. Is there a certain way I should hold or carry? Do I handshake the giver? More informal services will move to another location. Can I leave in car? Your recommendations? Thank you.
  2. Peter Ansoff

    Peter Ansoff USA Flag Site Admin

    Hi, MikeMan -- welcome!

    If they're following normal procedure, the leader of the funeral detail will present the flag to you, folded in a "tricorn," and say a few appropriate words to you (the exact wording depends on which of the military services is involved). Other than common sense (thank the leader for his/her remarks, and treat the flag carefully so that it doesn't get dropped or soiled, etc.) there are no particular rules that you need to follow.

    I hope that all goes well -- it will be a sad but memorable experience.

    Best regards,

    Peter Ansoff

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