A woman named Glynis Seeley once said, "You don't know what the [American] flag really means until you've been handed a folded one." She was referring to the flag-folding ceremony completed at the funeral of a member of the armed forces. The branch of service who performs the flag folding is the same branch the soldier was a part of. Once folded, the flag is then presented to the next of kin or other family member of the soldier. The presenter then recites "On behalf of the president of the United States, [the branch of service], and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one's honorable and faithful service."
When folding an American flag, precisely 13 folds are made, with each representing a different principle. The folds honor life, veterans, mothers and fathers, God, and more. The flag is folded twice lengthwise, making sure the stars on the blue field remain outward. The third fold begins a series of triangle folds ending with the remaining portion of the flag neatly tucked in. The final shape is meant to remind us of the three-corner hat popular during the Revolutionary War and the beginning of our great country.
Our flag is more than just a symbol of our country. It is a symbol of the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to keep us safe... and free.
These Forever®stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class MailR one-ounce rate.
Made in the USA.
Issue: American Flag 2022 Stamps
Item number: 121700
Denomination and Issue Type: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: 100 stamps
Release date and city: January 9, 2022, Findlay, OH 45840
Art Director: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Designer: Laura Stutzman, Mountain Lake Park, MD
Illustrator: Laura Stutzman, Mountain Lake Park, MD
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
Manufacturing process: offset printing, microprinting
Printer: American Bank Note Company
Gallus RCS stamps per sheet: 100
Printing Quantity: 50,000,000
Paper Type: Fluorescent Marked Paper, Block Marker
Adhesive Type: Pressure Sensitive
Shipping Method: USPS First Class & USPS Priority Mail. Handling time: Usually around 1 business days.
Delivery time: Usually around 3-7 business days.
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