Watch: Police Officer Teaches Football Players How to Properly Fold American Flag

by Kayla Zadel

It’s a skill that’s often overlooked nowadays but it’s one that some remember the importance of the flag folding act.

In this touching video, a Hilliard police officer offers some assistance to three Hillard Davidson High School football players. He sees them trying to fold the American Flag after their game.

Craig Pettit, the father to one of the boys in the video, happens to capture the unforgettable moment. He shares the video and thanks the police officer on Twitter.

He writes, “@Hilliard_Police Thank you Officer DiSaia for teaching these players how to respect the flag! @hdvfootball@DavidsonTDClub@DavidsonHS@pettit_blake@bradyabele21

You can hear the policeman in the video instruct the boys on the folding technique. He says, “If we did this right, the union stars should come out perfectly.” The officer even offers words of encouragement, and says it’s “really easy.”

The video ends with the office showing the players how to make the final fold and explaining “it’s really not that hard.”

The Meaning Behind the American Flag Folds

According to The American Legion, the folding of the American Flag represents the same religious principles on which the United States was founded on.

The symbols behind each fold are as follows:

The first fold of the flag is a symbol of life, as well as the second fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.

The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks. Additionally, it’s for those who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

The fourth fold represents human’s weaker nature.

The fifth fold is a tribute to the U.S.

The sixth fold is for where the heart lies, and for the Pledge of Alliginace, too.

The seventh fold is a tribute to the armed forces. It is through the armed forces that we protect our country and the flag against all enemies. Furthermore, this is whether we find them within or without the boundaries of our republic.

The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death. Moreover, it honors mothers, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.

The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood, as well as the 10th fold is a tribute to fathers.

The 11th fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon. It glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The 12th fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity, too.

When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.”