When planning funeral services for a loved one who served in the military, police force or other type of service, you may wish to display a flag to commemorate their patriotism, heroism and public service.
Flying a flag might not be your best display option if the service will be located indoors, so it can be a good idea to look into using a flag display case instead—but how do you choose the right flag display case?
Flag display cases: What you should look for
Flag display cases will typically measure 5 feet by 9 ½ feet. The sizes of the flags themselves will vary, but this configuration for the case will allow you to fit just about any flag if it’s been folded correctly. Commemorative flags used for funeral services or decoration typically measure 3 feet by 5 feet or 4 feet by 6 feet. You should, of course, check the dimensions of your flag before purchasing any type of display case to be certain it will fit.
You will also find a variety of materials and designs for flag display cases. A simple pine case is affordable while still being attractive, but you can also find quality hardwoods like oak, maple, walnut and cherry.
As you investigate your options, consider your long-term goals with the flag. Is this merely a box that will just be used for your planned funeral services? Or is this going to be an heirloom you wish to pass down? This will help you determine the necessary durability.
Consider, also, where it will be displayed when put up outside the funeral services. Do you intend to display it in an office or room that is a certain color or features a lot of a certain type of wood? If so, you should consider choosing a wood and finish that complements your existing decor.
Finally, consider how you will display the case. Will you be nailing or screwing it to a wall? Will it stand on a surface? Will it sit on a shelf or in a cabinet? This will help you determine your required weight and its suitability for hanging versus resting on its bottom.
Remember your flag display etiquette
It is important to remember (especially for military or police funeral services) that there is some flag display etiquette you should always follow. Many people feel very strongly about flag etiquette, and a failure to follow the rules of this etiquette could result in you inadvertently offending some of the attendees at the funeral service.
With flag cases, make sure the union is always uppermost and to the right of the flag—or to the left of the observer. There is also a specific way to fold a flag in a triangle form to place it in the case. You should never let the flag touch the ground while folding it. Work with a partner and a raised surface. You can find a variety of instructional flag-folding videos online.
For more information about flag displays for funeral services, contact ICS Cremation & Funeral Home.
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