In the United States, Soldiers funerals are the burial rites that is given to a marine, soldier or an airman who died in the line of duty, it features different activities such as the firing of volley shots and drumming, however in this article I’ll get to explain why the Coffin is draped with the national flag.
At no cost a United States flag is always provided and used to cover the coffin of a soldier who died in active duty or a veteran who served honourably, before the flag is presented to the family member of the deceased, it first needs to be folded.
This is done by removing the flag from the Coffin of the fallen hero and then folding it through the use of quick and precise movement, it is then folded into a triangle, this shape is a tribute to the tricorner hat in which General George Washington and his men wore during their time, the flags consist of 13 folds with each having a symbolic meaning attached to it.
After the folding of the flag, it is then presented to the next of kin of the fallen hero as a keepsake, this is done by a member of the honour guard.
He will walk up the next of kin, kneel in front of him or her while the longer edge of the flag is facing the family member and then he will say; “on behalf of the President of the United States, the United States (Air Force, Army, Navy or Marine Corps ), and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s honourable and faithful service.”
In situations where there is no next of kin, the flag is presented to a friend who requested it.
In essence, the flag is used to honour the memory of the fallen hero of his or her service to their country.