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Friday, January 7, 2011

Folding the American Flag ~ Why Do They Do What They Do?

A very interesting, moving and little-known part of our military tradition.

Do you know that at military
funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?

Have you ever noticed the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the American flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we learn something new every day!

The 1st fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

The 2nd fold
is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

The 3rd fold
is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks, who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

The 4th fold
represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in times of war for His divine guidance.

The 5th fold
is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.”

The 6th fold
is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we “pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and
Justice for all.”

The 7th fold is a tribute to our
Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

The 8th fold
is a tribute to the One Who entered into the Valley of the Shadow of Death, that we might see the light of day.

The 9th fold
is a tribute to womanhood, and mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country gr
eat has been molded.

The 10th fold
is a tribute to the father. For he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

The 11th fold
represents the lower portion of the Seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in the Hebrew’s eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christian’s eyes, God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

The 13th fold
, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation’s motto: “In God We Trust.”

After the flag is completely folded
and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.

There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future, you will see flags folded and now you will know why.
{Original source unknown}

{My Grandpa Chandler's flag ~ Army WWI; my Daddy's dog tags ~ Navy WWII}

Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this informative post...I had two sons in the military and one serving now and did NOT know this!

    From now on, I will certainly see this ceremony in a different light...in all it's beauty.



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