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We have all watched the Honor Guards at the funerals of soldiers, policeman, and firefighters, have noticed the folding of the flag into a triangle, and it being given to a surviving loved one. It is folded thirteen times with a precise ceremony. Most people have been told or believe that each fold represents one of the original thirteen colonies. It doesn’t surprise me that within the winds of secularism we deny the eternal, we belittle faith, deny our deep gratitude for sacrifice, minimize honor and the love of country. This may be a surprise to many. Here are the meanings of the folds.

The 1st Fold (the one in half the long way) is a symbol of life.

The 2nd Fold (its now in 1/4) represents our belief in the eternal.

The 3rd Fold (which begins the triangle folds) is in honor and remembrance of our departed veterans.

The 4th represents our weaker nature, because as citizens trusting in God, we turn to Him for divine guidance.

The 5th Fold is a tribute to our country.

The 6th is for where our hearts lie, for it is with our hearts 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 services, for they protect our country and flag against all her enemies.

The 8th Fold honors the 23rd PSALM. (If you are not familiar with the Bible or this psalm. I suggest you read it.)

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

And the 10th is a tribute to the father, for he also has given his sons and daughters in the defense of this country.

The 11th honors the Seal of King David, & honors the God of Abraham.

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

On the 13th fold, when the final triangle is completed, the stars remind us of our nation's motto; "In God We Trust."

I felt it important to write this article as a reminder that in spit of the din created by well-meaning and earnest people, people of faith founded this country. They created a governing mechanism that allowed people, without faith, or with a different understanding, to live and prosper here, with dignity, freedom and liberty. Those who give their lives, in the protection of us all, should be honored in just such a way. I would hope and pray that our President understand that dignity, freedom and liberty are the real export of our country, and not trivialize the sacrifice of so many, by having the ambiguous term ‘Justice’ be the only context of our interaction with the rest of the world.

Why is doing what you love the hardest thing to do? Is it because failing what you thought defined you would be too devastating a thing from which to recover? If so, we stay where mere accident has left us.

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The following comments are for "Honor fold for fold"
by jonpenny

Thank you Ken....long may she wave!
Beautifully said Ken...Bravo! I myself was the recipient of one of those flags at my husbands funeral...he was a proud Marine in WW2, and that ceremony was an emotional moment to say the least!

We increasingly become distanced from the earlier sacrifices of our men and women in the armed forces, in light of subsequnet wars.

In this climate now of celebrating the efforts of our Greatest Generation, we should keep in mind, that while the sacrifices of subsequent wars in Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and the present war in Iraq should definitely be honored, it is an indisputable fact, that WW2 was fought to defend not only Europe, but our very own shores...remember, we were attacked on our own soil, not in a foreign land! If we had not won that war...would the red white and blue, be flying over government building today????

Following in the tradition of our forefathers, in the Revolutionalry war, we fought to defend the right to pass on our freedoms and way of life, to subsequnet generations...Yes...I would say that indeed...They are/were The Greatest Generation!


( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: June 9, 2009 )

Fold for Fold
Thanks for sharing this, Ken. I didn't know this before even though my dad was in the Air Force for twenty years. I'm glad that I know now, though!


( Posted by: ArsPoet2789ica [Member] On: June 10, 2009 )

fold for fold
I recieved an amazing honor from a Seal Team. I know a lot of the boys and have watched them in their careers in the last 20 years. Some didn't make it and I was given the honor of a folded flag in a case. It is one of my most prized thing. I have heard such horrible things lately and wonder at the soul of our country. Thus the post. God watch over our country and keep it safe. Thanks for reading -
God bless your father and you. I'm glad you now know and that you stopped by to read my humble offering. Thanks very much!

( Posted by: jonpenny [Member] On: June 11, 2009 )

Wonderful article
I had no idea there was so much symbolism in the folding of the flag.

Our family has the flag that my grandfather received at his funeral. He was a WWII vet. He joined the navy quite young, and would have made a lifetime career out of it had his wife (my grandmother) not demanded that he finish his current enlistment and be done with it. I think he did 20 or so years in the Navy in total.

He crossed the equator several times, and received some little pair of ceremonial anchors that my parents have as well.

Just a side note: All these snob nosed brats that don't want to stand for the pledge of allegiance really tick me off. I don't agree with what a lot of our leaders do; however, I do believe in the ideals upon which this country was founded, and the flag stands for those ideals, not the current politicians in power.

If only more people understood that.

But I'm rambling now, so I'll cut this short.

Thank you for the informative article!


( Posted by: OchaniLele [Member] On: June 12, 2009 )

fold for fold
I'm so sorry, Boss. I missed this post. Thank you very much for the comment and I'm glad it touched you. God bless us all.

( Posted by: jonpenny [Member] On: June 14, 2009 )

Flag Folding
Nice article, fairly well written. I found the language a bit flat though - perhaps that's owing to the subject matter.

I can only wish that you had made mention of the fact that these meanings were attached to the folds long after the folding tradition began.

( Posted by: CyanideEyes [Member] On: June 16, 2009 )

Flag folding
I appreciate your comments. You're right that I could have been more indicative but it seemed an extension of a conversation I had with a friend - so, that was the way I wrote it. Just plain and simple. And it would have been a better article if I had brought up the earlier symbolism. Good point and maybe I'll go back and do just that.
Thank you for that contribution.

( Posted by: jonpenny [Member] On: June 16, 2009 )

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