National Constitution Center visitors get schooled on folding flags

Hadas Kuznits
May 26, 2019 - 4:00 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Visitors at the National Constitution Center this weekend got a lesson on flag etiquette and flag folding.

In honor of Memorial Day weekend visitors learned how to fold a giant American flag out on the center’s front lawn in Old City.

So how big is the flag that they folded?

"I believe it's about 30 feet long. Certainly the stars themselves are nearly a foot wide," explained senior museum educator Brian Krish.

He lead the flag folding, and don’t worry it didn’t touch the ground.

"It's a ceremony that a lot of Americans see or are familiar with,” he said. “Especially at civic holidays, occasionally at memorial services and the like, but they may not have done so for themselves."

Caiden Wolf of Rochester was among the kids helping Krisch fold the flag.

"I did not know it was that heavy,” she said.

Elana Fangmeyer of Nebraska says she was interested in learning about flag etiquette.

"Well, I learned about when the flag is supposed to be at half-staff that you put it all the way up and go all the way down," she said.

Krisch explains it's tradition to keep flags at half-staff throughout the weekend and then raise them to full staff at noon on Monday.