Flags, including the Marine Corps flag, must be properly folded for storage.
Flags, including the Marine Corps flag, must be properly folded for storage.

The Marine Corps flag is a symbol of one of the branches of the United States military. It is used at installation ceremonies and other significant events. Along with the Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem, the Marine Corps motto, “Semper Fidelis” is featured on the flag. Folding the Marine Corps flag is identical to folding the American flag and must be done with care and precision.

Hold the flag open so it is lying flat between two people. Fold the flag in half lengthwise by bringing the right side over to meet the left side. Repeat this step to fold it in half a second time.

Create a triangle shape in the flag by folding one of the corners down to the bottom edge of the flag.

Turn the triangle on the diagonal edge, flipping it back around to the original side. Continue turning the triangle, first on the straight edge and then on the diagonal until the entire flag is folded into a triangle.

Tuck the remaining edge of the flag into the folded triangle. Smooth out any wrinkles that might be in the flag.