Last October on The Daily Flag, I wrote an article titled Texas Fold ‘Em, about folding the Texas flag. The gist of the article was that there was not an official way to fold the flag, although state offices have traditionally folded it the same way the U.S. flag is folded.
Early this summer, the Texas legislature passed a bill that codifies a protocol for folding the flag, and now Texans have an official method for folding the Lone Star Flag.
Authored by Sen. Judith Zaffirini of Laredo, and Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio, the legislation goes into effect September 1, 2009.
SECTION 1. Requires that this Act be known as the Rod Welsh Act, in honor of Rod Welsh, Sergeant-at-Arms of the Texas House of Representatives, who is primarily responsible for developing the method of folding the state flag of Texas established by this Act.
SECTION 2. Amends Subchapter B, Chapter 3100, Government Code, by adding Section 3100.073, as follows:
Sec. 3100.073. FOLDED STATE FLAG. (a) Provides that the state flag should be folded as follows: fold the flag in half lengthwise with the red stripe facing upward, fold the flag in half lengthwise once more, concealing the red stripe on the inside of the fold, position the flag with the white star facing downward and the blue stripe facing upward, fold the corner with the white stripe to the opposite side of the flag to form a triangle, continue folding the corners over in triangles until the resulting fold produces a blue triangle with a portion of the white star visible, and secure all edges into the folds.
(b) Provides that a folded state flag should be presented or displayed with all folded edges secured and with the blue stripe and a portion of the white star visible.
(c) Provides that a folded state flag should be stored or displayed in a manner that prevents tearing or soiling of the flag.
SECTION 3. Effective date: September 1, 2009.
Photo Credit: from the musical “Texas” in Palo Duro Canyon, Canyon Tx