Thank you God for Blessing America
Have you ever wondered why the Flag of the United States of America is
folded 13 times when it is lowered or when it is folded and handed to the
next of kin at the burial of a veteran? Here is the meaning of each of
those folds and what it means:
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, 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
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
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
The next time you see a Flag ceremony honoring someone that has served our
country, either in the Armed Forces or in our civilian services such as
the Police Force or Fire Department, keep in mind all the important
reasons behind each and every movement.
They have paid the ultimate sacrifice for all of us by honoring our Flag
and our Country...
To learn more about Our American Flag:
After making this page it has been brought to my attention that:
Snopes urban legends concerning the folding of the American Flag
An American flag is traditionally folded thirteen times because each of
the folds has a special meaning.
The practice of folding the American flag 13 times began because each fold
had a specific meaning:
Specific meanings have subsequently come to be ascribed to each of the 13
Perhaps we as Americans should adopt these meanings. I feel that it would
be pleasing to God if we began showing that America was truly;
"One Nation under God"
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