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Hawaii Roxy
October 24th, 2013, 10:47 PM
I need your help. This is a flag that was flown on the USS Missouri here in Pearl harbor,my son Josh works there and she has flown aboard this ship for 8 months,today Josh got to take her down and buy her,he plans on presenting it to his big brother Christopher for Christmas. He brought her home to me to fix so she can get a certificate showing her life on the mighty Mo. Ther cert will have Christophers name on it as well as mine for fixing her. so if anybody has any suggestions please let me know,this is and will be the single most important thing I EVER sew. Thanks

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Jean Sewing Machine
October 24th, 2013, 10:50 PM
That is going to be a very special project! Does the flag need repair? Are you going to incorporate it into a larger wall hanging? Again, what a special project! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

kelliedi
October 24th, 2013, 10:53 PM
I know this is not really the answer you wanted but i would google it and if all else fails look on the smithsonian web site. There should be something that gives you the proper technique and etiquette for doing this type of work. It has always been my understanding that you don't repair flags they are to be burned....could be wrong though.

Hawaii Roxy
October 24th, 2013, 10:59 PM
Well thats true but since she flew on a decommissioned ship people have the chance to purchase them as keepsakes never to be flown again. Im going to attempt to repair her torn white stripe but not sure how to go about it

bkthomas
October 24th, 2013, 11:33 PM
One of Roxy's favorite things to say is, "Google that s!@# "!!! hehe
So, I told her Google that!
It will no longer be flown - ever.....it will be put into a flag box and given to Chris for Christmas!

Pretty cool huh? From the Missouri!!!!

easyquilts
October 24th, 2013, 11:48 PM
I can't help with any ideas, but want to congratulate you for having such a great honor...

auntiemern
October 25th, 2013, 12:27 AM
If it is going to be presented in a flag box, I would not attempt to repair it. Folded properly the tear will not be seen. The rip in it, has been earned, through being flown. I would leave it as it is. Just my opinion.

snippet
October 25th, 2013, 12:36 AM
I wouldn't fix it. Those rips are part of the history of that flag. At work, we would often send flags to the desert to be flown and then returned to be a gift for someone who is retiring. We don't fix a thing. They are folded and presented in a flag case and given to the retiree. Of course we had a lot of guys who were great woodworkers and made some creative flag/medal cases.

You could create a case with a space for the certificate and maybe a photo of the ship and give it to your son.

But it depends on how you expect your son to use the flag. Will he actually fly the flag? If so, then you probably would need to repair it. That would be the only circumstance where I'd repair the flag.

An interesting note: there is a military detail that raises and lowers flags over the Capitol all day long. On popular days (4 July, 11 September) they raise hundreds of flags on auxiliary flagpoles that can't been seen by the public. Over 100,000 flags are flown in this manner each year and sold to those that have requested them.

Hulamoon
October 25th, 2013, 12:47 AM
I'm going to put the military discussion aside and say to take it to a fabric shop and have them help you find a fabric that will work to fix it. I think you will feel better fixing it and then decide what to do with it. To me the emotions of it count more than the rules.

kensington
October 25th, 2013, 01:08 AM
Ummm.. being a "restore" specialist now... (J/K) I would say to repair it as you would do with paper piecing, lay in one side of the white, sewing down, fold back, press... fold the other side under and press, then stitch down by hand or on machine. Basically, a lay in fabric affect.

I wish I could draw, I can see this in my head, and if it were here... I could do it. I hope this is understandable.

kensington
October 25th, 2013, 01:13 AM
If it is going to be presented in a flag box, I would not attempt to repair it. Folded properly the tear will not be seen. The rip in it, has been earned, through being flown. I would leave it as it is. Just my opinion.

This is true. When Martin retired the Navy presented him with one, and in a ceremony called "Old Glory" he presented me with one. Both are folded (his in a case) where only the Blue and stars show. When a flag is folded properly for any reason, that is how it is done. The stripes are not seen.

auntiemern
October 25th, 2013, 01:19 AM
I had to show my GD's girl scout leader the correct way to fold a flag. You woulda thought she would have known that. hmmm
This is true. When Martin retired the Navy presented him with one, and in a ceremony called "Old Glory" he presented me with one. Both are folded (his in a case) where only the Blue and stars show. When a flag is folded properly for any reason, that is how it is done. The stripes are not seen.

Granny Judy
October 25th, 2013, 06:04 AM
I'm with the group who say "not to fix" it. If only for display, in it's case, then there is No reason to replace or repair any part of a flag. Even if it is the Blue & Stars area that shows. It's the Flags History... But do google it and then make the decision.

New York Sue
October 25th, 2013, 10:40 AM
If it is going to be presented in a flag box, I would not attempt to repair it. Folded properly the tear will not be seen. The rip in it, has been earned, through being flown. I would leave it as it is. Just my opinion.

I'm with Marilyn, and others on this.
And if it counts, I'm a veteran. I served in the Air Force in a much more peaceful time, albeit.
I'm not sure of the exact etiquette, but if it's ripped, or faded, it should never be flown again. But if it's enshrined in a box and honored, I believe that would be most acceptable.
Repairing would spoil the integrity of the mission served, in my humble opinion.
Personally, I would more of a fanatic about executing the FOLD and the presentation.
And that could take some practice!
Good luck, chica, in whatever you decide.
And I'll take some liberties here.
Please THANK Chris for his sacrifice from our FORUM.
I hope he lives to be an 'old, grumpy man', with his encased 'Old Glory' next to his favorite 'old grumpy man' spot!
He surely has deserved it!

Hawaii Roxy
October 25th, 2013, 11:01 AM
Thank you Sue, your right hes earned it and so much more, I was so touched that Josh did this for him I got all choked up (did not cry) ,Christopher continues to suffer I wonder if he will ever be "ok" we worry about him all the time. He recently got hooked up with wounded warriors and fly's to San Antonio this weekend for a retreat ,should be good for him. I think I will leave the flag as is