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Old 11-11-2006, 03:41 PM
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Have you ever noticed on TV or at military funerals
that the honor guard pays meticulous attention to
correctly folding the American flag 13 times?

I've known how the 21 gun salute was determined
(adding the individual digits of 1776), but only
recently learned why the flag was folded 13 times when
it is lowered or when it is folded and handed to the
widow at the burial of a veteran.

HERE IT IS:

The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

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

The third 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 fourth 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 time of war for
His divine guidance.

The fifth 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 sixth 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 seventh 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 eighth 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, and to honor mother, for
whom it flies on Mother's Day.

The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; 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 great has been molded.

The tenth 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 eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen,
represents the lower portion of the seal of King David
and King Solomon, and glorifies in their
eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian
citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and
glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and
Holy Spirit.

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
which have deep meaning. You will see many flags
folded in the coming weeks, and now you will know
why.

Dusty
 
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Old 11-11-2006, 04:30 PM
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Default RE: Why The Flag Is Folded 13 Times......

I never knew that. Good to know.
 
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Old 11-11-2006, 04:43 PM
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Default RE: Why The Flag Is Folded 13 Times......

very interesting, never knew there was so much significance behind the number of folds.
 
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Old 11-12-2006, 02:45 AM
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wow sweet... thats really sweet...i never even knew there was a deeper meaning to the 21 gun salute... sweet
 
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Old 11-12-2006, 02:51 AM
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Default RE: Why The Flag Is Folded 13 Times......

I was wondering "why stop a 21 guns" now I know.
 
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Old 11-12-2006, 09:08 PM
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*chills*
 

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