Preserving Military Flags and Medals
By Rosenbaum Framing
One of the most powerful moments at any military funeral is the presentation of the American flag to the family members or loved ones of the deceased service member. Most military members are familiar with this custom, which is part of the military funeral honors. At a military funeral, a United States flag is draped over the veteran’s casket to recognize and honor their military service. After Taps is played, military members then fold the flag into a symbolic tri-cornered shape. The folding itself is important. The flag will fold 13 times on the triangles, which symbolizes the original 13 colonies. In addition, the resulting triangle shape brings to mind the tri-cornered hat worn by the original American Revolutionaries. Once folded, the only thing visible on the flag will be a blue field with stars on it. The flag is then presented to a family member or loved one.
If you have received a military flag after the death of a loved one, our framing shop in Boca can help you preserve that flag. At Rosenbaum Framing, we understand that flag framing differs from the normal framing or shadow-boxing project. While appearance is important, because you will probably want to display the flag, it is also very important to show the flag the reverence and respect that your loved one earned through their service. We take that obligation very seriously, and treat every military flag with the respect it deserves.
We also know that there are almost as many ways to showcase a military flag as there are varieties of people in the military. Some people prefer a traditional approach, which is a wood frame around only the flag, which may or may not include a commemorative plaque in the design. Others prefer a shadowbox that contains the flag, but may also contain medals, photographs, or certificates. What many people do not realize is that our custom framing professionals are also design specialists. Bring in your flag along with the materials you want to feature with it; we can create a design to capture the feeling you want to commemorate your loved one.
A Special Picture Project
of Rosenbaum Framing
As a custom framing business, we get many requests from customers who want to personalize their framed materials and make them part of the artwork and decoration in their homes. One popular idea is to use framed photographs in a family tree. Generally large, eye-catching collections, these family trees can be done in styles that fit any décor: the most basic is a traditional genealogical family tree approach; others choose a classical looking tree with neutral colored frames and may even choose to use black and white images in all of the pictures; another approach is to use a more neutral background and then use brightly colored frames, which are reminiscent of flowers; some trees incorporate religious sayings or verses; others take a modern approach to the family tree design; and finally some family trees are pure whimsy.
If you want to incorporate this popular design into your home décor, we have some easy tips to ensure your project goes smoothly.
- Carefully consider your decorating style. While model homes and professionally decorated homes often stick to a single theme or decorating style, most homes contain a personalized variety of different styles. The family tree projects are very large and will dominate the decorating in the room where they are featured. Therefore, you want to choose a style that matches your personality and your decorating style.
- Pick the images you want to use in the photos. Consider whether you will use color photographs or black and white images; this may help you pick the frame style you want to use. Furthermore, if you are using older photographs you may be limited to a particular size frame or need to consider matting options.
- Measure the size of your wall and then draw a scale model of both the tree and the frame size you intend to use in the project. Even a large space can easily be overwhelmed by frames that are too large. On the other hand, if you choose photos that are too small, it can be difficult to see the images in the portraits.
- Bring your photos to us for framing while you complete the rest of the project at home.
- Prep your background surface; if your wall has any marks or scratches that will not be covered by the tree, take the time to paint the entire surface.
- Sketch your tree in pencil before painting it. Make any adjustments to your sketch, so you will be happy with your final product.
- Paint your tree. You can use a variety of paints, from craft paint to wall paint.
- Hang your photos in the designated spots.