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What a wonderful lesson this was for me. I do not recall ever being taught this in school. "The Meaning of the Flag-Draped Coffin"

All Americans should be given this lesson. Those who think that America is an arrogant nation should really reconsider that thought. 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. Pass it along and be proud of the country we live in, and even more proud of those who serve to protect our 'GOD-GIVEN' rights and freedoms. I hope you take the time to read this ... To understand what the flag draped coffin really means ... Here is how to understand the flag that laid upon it and is surrendered to so many widows and widowers: 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 that 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, you'll see flags folded and now you will know why. Share this with the children you love and all others who love what is referred to as the symbol of ' Liberty and Freedom.'

While Public Law 94-344 does not place any significance or meaning to the 13 folds of the American flag the sentiments written above have been adopted as a tradition by many veterans and family members of veterans of our great nation as they reflect what we recognize about our flag and our country.
 
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I never knew.
Thanks for sharing.
 

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Thank you for this post.

And like others, I did not know what the folds of the flag meant.
I'll have to copy this and bring it with me to a veteran friend's funeral, and maybe hand it out so others will also understand the 13 folds.
 

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Thank you for this post.

And like others, I did not know what the folds of the flag meant.
I'll have to copy this and bring it with me to a veteran friend's funeral, and maybe hand it out so others will also understand the 13 folds.
Make sure you hand it to the honor guard, because they don't know it either.....:cool:
 

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I remeber hearing this from the honor guard as my wife's brother an airforce major was buried at the airforce academy in 2006. I also remember a few alternate meanings for jewish service members
 

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@BlueMountain, Thank you for posting this lesson!
 

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thanks for sharing.
 

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Much obliged, BlueMountain.
 

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I was taught that when I was in the Boy Scouts back in the 60's.
Thank you for posting
 

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Thanks Blue.
Another home run.
I stole it to disseminate to the masses. :)
 

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Thanks Blue, I also copied to share
 

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Thanks for the reminder...I recall that as a kid and have seen and heard it since but need to recall what we (at least some of us) hold dear about the United States and our "roots"..
 

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What a wonderful lesson this was for me. I do not recall ever being taught this in school. "The Meaning of the Flag-Draped Coffin"
It was not taught in school. I learned it at my great grandfather's funeral as a child. I was reminded of it at my grandfather's funeral as a young man. And I was a part of it at my dad's funeral as an adult.

I know all too well.



And there is nothing bad about being reminded of it either.

Thank you.
 
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