Meaning of the folded American Flag

All  Americans should be given this lesson.  Our founding fathers used GOD’s word and teachings to  establish our Great Nation and I think it’s high time Americans get  re-educated about this Nation’s history.  Help protect our ‘GOD GIVEN’ rights and freedoms.

If you take the time to read this … you will understand what the folding of the flag  that draped a service members coffin really means … and it is surrendered to so many widows, widowers and families.

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 United States of America 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 the flag is a symbol of life.

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

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

The 4th fold represents the 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 5th fold is a tribute to the 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 people’s hearts lie.  It is with their heart that
they pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States Of America , and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation  under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

The 7th fold is a tribute to its Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that they protect  their country and their flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their 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 great 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 their 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 Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

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

The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are
uppermost reminding them of their nations 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 them the rights, privileges and freedoms they enjoy  today.

There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning.

In the future, when you see a folded flag it will have new meaning…

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8 Responses to “Meaning of the folded American Flag”

  1. Geoffrey Says:

    Greetings,

    Thank you for the nice post.

    I found it as I was looking for a flag to put on a tribute site for a veteran. Can you tell me if the image is royalty free and if so could I use it for his site.
    Thank you.

  2. John Thomas Says:

    Very nice, but not totally true. The flag is not a religious symbol. nor is it the symbol of any particular relgion. It is the symbol of a free people. The 13 fold narrative you quote has several variations, with the original likely created by an Air Force chaplain. The number of folds has more to do with the dimensions of the flag than any conscious design.

    I do respect the flag and its meaning as a symbol of a free people. As the keeper of my dad’s flag (and the stories that go with it), I do appreciate the folded flag given at veteran’s funerals as a symbol of their sacrifice.

    For more information, please check out the 3 references at the end of this explanation http://www.snopes.com/military/flagfold.asp

  3. Amanda Says:

    Thank you for taking the time to explain every detail. This means a lot to me as Military Wife to learn the true meaning behind he traditions.

  4. jo Says:

    Thank you for this wonderful post. I had no idea about the symbolism of the 21 gun salute or the 13 folds (didn’t even know there were 13 folds) although I have the flag that that draped my dad’s coffin.

  5. inhonoredglory Says:

    So beautiful! We most certainly are a Christian nation.

  6. J. Says:

    GOD bless the USA. Thank you for enlightening me on the folding of the American Flag. I did not know the importance of each fold but now I am more aware and appreciative of this great Country and its history.

  7. Matthew Cole Says:

    That was very informative, I have always noticed my teachers folded flag that he got for his brother but I never really understood what it symbolized, thank you for posting this.
    This means a lot to me and many others
    Thank you

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