The pocket flags are folded into mailable packages and sent to the troops overseas.     Photo Provided
The pocket flags are folded into mailable packages and sent to the troops overseas. Photo Provided

On Monday, April 9, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 6 will host a public pocket flag folding event.  There will be 600 flags to fold and prepare to be shipped to servicemen and women overseas.

The flags are folded into small triangles that mimic its full-sized counterpart, and placed in a three inch by three inch baggie with a short poem that reads the copyrighted phrase, “A flag for your pocket so you can always carry a little piece of home. We are praying for you and we are proud of you. Thank you for defending our country and our freedom.” The local unit also prints where the flag comes from on each card.

“Our unit has been folding pocket flags for about eight years,” said Jen Greathouse of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 6. “We fold them and get them to the United Services Organization in Indianapolis to be distributed overseas.”

The Auxiliary hosts pocket flag folding nights one to two times a year, but this is the first time members of the community have been invited to participate in folding the flags.

“We want to get the word out about the Auxiliary, what we are about and to encourage others to support the troops and our veterans here, locally,” she said.

The pocket flag folding will occur at the American Legion Post 6 located at 2604 S. Lafountain St. in the back room. Those interested in attending should enter the front door and turn left.

The Pocket Flag Project began in 2001. As of November 2017, close to 2.5 million flags have been distributed to troops.

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 6 meets the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. To learn more about the unit or find out how to get involved, please call 765-453-2501.