Boy Scouts demonstrate proper way to fold American flag

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POSTED: Friday, July 26, 2013 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 26, 2013 - 8:33pm

A picture is worth a thousand words.

And NewsChannel 9 received an overwhelming number of angry words after a photo was posted on our Facebook page showing security guards at the convention center taking down an American flag from the pole, and letting it lay on the ground.

But in addition to angry remarks on social media, we did receive comments like this one on Facebook from Ray Jackson -- "Maybe those employees don't know the proper way to handle the flags. Instead of people bashing them maybe someone should volunteer their time to show them the proper way to handle them."

NewsChannel 9 paid a visit to a fire station in East El Paso this afternoon to watch some boy scouts demonstrate the proper way to fold the flag.

The flag is carefully folded into a triangle shape, corner to corner, when it is time to put it away.

"It's important because it's according to tradition and out of respect. We fold the flag in a triangle towards tradition and it has thirteen folds," said Boy Scout troop, Victor Solis.

"We fold it a certain way just out of respect, and just traditional, and then we put it up a certain way, just to show the same thing, respect to what the flag stands for," said Boy Scout troop Anthony Mills.

As part of proper flag code and custom, the flag is raised at daylight and lowered before dusk each day, unless there is a spotlight shining on it.

It is also to be removed when it rains, as the security guards at the Convention Center were doing, but of course, it should never touch the ground.

Men and women in uniform render the proper salute when the flag is raised and lowered.

If a flag has become worn, tattered, faded, or dirty, it is retired by burning.

The American flag should never be draped over anything, unless it's over the casket of a veteran of the Armed Forces.

The flag should never be worn and it shouldn't be used as a tablecloth or window decoration.

The Convention Center said it will now train its staff on flag etiquette.

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