The folded flag is given to an honor guard member who is in the same military branch as the deceased veteran.
The service representative marches slowly to the next of kin and presents the flag with the words,
“'On behalf of the President of the United States, (the United States Army; the United States Marine Corps; the United States Navy; or the United States Air Force), and a grateful Nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one's honorable and faithful service."
The United States Coast Guard is invited to use the same verbiage.
If there is no next of kin, the flag may be presented to a friend of the deceased or associate, if requested.