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03-01-2011 04:02 PM

Does anyone happen to have dimensions to make a flag box for a burial flag (5’ x 9 1/2’). My grandfather who was a Navy veteran recently passed and I wanted to make the Flag box for my grandmother before the funeral. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 03-01-2011 04:34 PM

I’m sorry for your loss…
I can only give you one dimension, because that’s all I used, 22 1/2” for the inside length of the long side… i.e., the inside dimension of the hypotenuse of the right triangle…
It fit the flag really well…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 03-01-2011 06:17 PM

Hey Marine,
They are always differant by about an inch depending on how tight the flag was folded. What I do (at the advice of some great jocks on this site) is measure the outside of the folded flag for an accurate box. AS stated abouve this will be the inside dimension and than add the thickness of your material for the outside dimension. If you have any questions, please PM me.

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#3 posted 03-01-2011 06:25 PM

Thanks much for the information guys. Unfortunately I do not have the flag yet, I was hoping to complete the box before it was presented. I suppose what I will do is go mesaure the dimensions on my other grandfathers flag and depending on how tight that one is make this box within half an inch so I have some play room. That play area should be hidden anyway if I put a thin trim around the box. Thanks again!

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#4 posted 03-01-2011 10:59 PM

I usually make mine like littlecope mentioned. The bottom is 22 1/2 and I think the sides are about 16 1/4 . All inside dimensions. I have the measurements written down as a reminder for myself. You also have to think about the thickness of the flag. Want to make sure it isn’t too narrow.

But as Randy said, they are always different. I Googled it and found several different dimensions but all are about 2 3/4 deep.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#5 posted 03-02-2011 05:45 AM

Years ago I built a Flag Case. I do not remember the dimensions, but on the back I put the following:
The 21 gun salute at military funerals stands for the sum of the numbers in the year – 1776


The honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the American flag 13 times:

1st fold is a symbol of life.

2nd fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

4th fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

5th fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decaur, “Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong”.

6th fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and the Republic for which it stands, on Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

7th fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.

9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

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

12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians’ eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation’s motto, “In God We Trust.”

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and the Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who we were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#6 posted 03-02-2011 12:50 PM

PM me your e mail address and I will send you an article about making one which has a material/cut list. I tried to post it here but it is a pdf and would not upload. Condolences.

-- Carpe Diem

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#7 posted 03-02-2011 03:39 PM

Will do, thanks

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#8 posted 03-02-2011 03:51 PM

Message sent with attachment, the plans are for a triangular folded flag.

-- Carpe Diem

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