Saturday, June 26, 2010

Meaning of the Flag-Draped Coffin


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; I think it  is time Americans get re-educated about this Nation's history.....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 the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the United States of America Flag 13 times?  You may have 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.


10 comments:

  1. I pray that our country will return to its roots.
    Everything we know and love about our country is based on faith. Our forefathers must be rolling over in their graves!

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  2. I think it's so important to read about the history of the flag and all that it means and remind ourselves how great of a heritage we have in our nation. I'm so with you on this.

    Hugs,
    Mary

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  3. I didn't know any of that! And I definitely think that we should know stuff like that. Thanks for sharing.
    Carrie

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  4. This is all new to me. I have learned something today that I needed to know. This is very touching. Thank you for posting.

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  5. I have never heard this information before. I have been to many funerals where the flag was folded this way. I didn't know each fold meant something. Now if I ever go to another one it will be even more meaningful. I can't imagine anyone not being proud of America. When that person is the president it is particularly disheartening. One thing for sure, students aren't learning about this great country the way we did years ago. Thank you for sharing this with us.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  6. wow. I never knew any of this. fascinating. I agree with what Charlotte wrote..they should let the kids and citizens know somehow....it gives so much more meaning

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  7. I did not know any of this, and I am former military. Thank you for posting this.

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  8. WOW! This is such wonderful information that I never new. Thank-you so much for taking the time to share his today.
    Blessings,
    Ginger

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  9. I am a Canadian and I always wondered why the American flag was so carefully folded and then handed with honour to the grieving family member. It's nice to know the meaning behind it all; very touching! Thank you for sharing.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  10. This is fantastic...thanks for sharing. It is time for each of us to stand up.....

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