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.
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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.