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Forum topic by dannelson posted 04-21-2018 02:28 PM 420 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-21-2018 02:28 PM

I have been chosen by our family to build a memorial flag display for my father in law that has passed. His service was in the Marines.

The flag box display would be the traditional 3 sided with glass front showing the folded flag. My question is would it be disgraceful in any way if I were to engrave?/ etch the glass with the marine logo on the glass ? or should it be clear to view?

another option would be tho build a stand for the 3 sided display to sit on and then engrave his name – dates on the stand without the Marine logo. Your advise is appreciated. Thanks Dan

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#1 posted 04-21-2018 03:03 PM

I made this for my nephew when he made Eagle Scout. My brother got a flag that flew over the White House. He had a brass plaque engraved that we stuck to the glass.
I hadn’t considered it might be disrespectful to put an individual’s information/accomplishement in front of the flag.
Either way, it looked classy when done. Barring a compelling argument, I’d do it again.

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#2 posted 04-21-2018 04:49 PM

Dan ~ in my very personal opinion, as a retired service member, it is very okay
and very acceptable to etch the glass with anything you desire.
you can purchase masks to sandblast the glass with any kind of artwork.
for a Marine Veteran, I would make a rectangular case:
the American flag on one side and the Marine Corp flag on the other.
the “triangle fold” is just traditional for presentation purposes.
it is very okay to fold it any way you want to fit your case. I have re-folded some flags
to show the blue field as well as the red and white stripes.
it comes down to your personal decisions, your skill level and the Blessing of the family.
keep in touch – sounds like a nice project. (Semper fi)



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#3 posted 04-21-2018 05:46 PM

Dan, I think your idea about the base is better. I’ve built a couple of cases with bases. They turned out quite nice.
I’ve always felt a flag case was meant to respect the man and the flag he served. Nothing else need said.

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#4 posted 04-22-2018 10:30 PM

Thank you all for your advice. I will post the completed display when finished.

-- nelson woodcrafters

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#5 posted 04-22-2018 10:32 PM

I need to make one of these as well.

Any idea about if the flag fabric needs to breath?


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