The Memorial Rifle Squad folds more than 1000 American Flags annually for our departed veterans. The triangular folded flag becomes a cherished memory for the family reminding them of their family member that proudly served in our US Military.
If you have an unfolded flag, you can properly fold the American Flag using the following video. You can also go to a local American Legion or VFW for assistance.
The Memorial Rifle Squad honors our departed veterans with a “Three Volley Rifle Salute”, a loud announcement that indicates to those nearby that a faithful veteran has departed. The term “21 gun salute” is reserved only for heads of state (the leader of a country). The 21 gun salute originated in the 1600’s when warships entering a harbor indicated peaceful intentions by firing 7 cannons. The land batteries responded using 3 shots for each shot fired by the warship, a total response of 21 guns fired. For detailed history refer to the article Origin of the 21-Gun Salute.
The US flag, symbolizes aspects of our US History.
- The number 13: The flag has 13 strips representing our original 13 colonies and is folded using 13 triangular folds.
- The number 3: The number 3 is important because it symbolizes our Veterans contributions – Duty, Honor, and Country. The US Flag triangular folded shape is symbolic of the 3 cornered hats worn by colonial soldiers in the Revolutionary War. For Honors of our departed Veterans, there are 3 rifle volleys, and taps is played in 3 note groups.