Have you ever noticed how the honor guard at military funerals pays such meticulous attention to correctly folding the Flag of the United States of America 13 times?
Truthfully, I have seen this done many times at funerals of veterans and never realized what a powerful symbolism each fold actually has. (Like many folks, I thought it might have something to do with the original 13 American colonies.)
According to a document I found a while back, here’s what the ceremony really means.
The flag folding ceremony represents the same religious principles on which our country was originally founded. The portion of the flag denoting honor is the canton of blue containing the stars representing the states our veterans served in uniform. The canton field of blue dresses from left to right and is inverted when draped as a pall on a casket of a veteran who has served our country in uniform.
In the Armed Forces of the United States, at the ceremony of retreat the flag is lowered, folded in a triangle fold and kept under watch throughout the night as a tribute to our nation’s honored dead. The next morning it is brought out and, at the ceremony of reveille, run aloft as a symbol of our belief in the resurrection of the body.
The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
The second fold is a symbol of our belief in the eternal life.
The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks who gave a portion of life for the defense of our country to attain a peace throughout the world.
The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in times 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 republic.
The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered in to 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, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.
The tenth fold is a tribute to 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 Ghost.
When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national 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 enjoy today.
As a lifelong patriot — and not ashamed of it, by gosh! — I am proud and honored to stand and place my hand over my heart in respect anytime the National Anthem is performed and Old Glory is presented.
I have not watched an NFL football game in the past two years because of a few self-centered, ungrateful, overpaid morons in that business who continue to take a knee in blatant disrespect when the National Anthem is performed before their games.
Sorry, but I have no respect — none, zilch — for any person who calls themself an AMERICAN who disses our flag, the values it stands for, and the millions of men and women who have fought, bled and died to protect the freedoms that it stands for.
Therefore, until the NFL acts to stop that anti-American nonsense, I won’t waste my time or money watching or attending their games.
I am also sick to my stomach of the excuse-making Cluelesscrats (Democrats) and RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) in Washington who conntiue to waste time and tax money trying to find dirt on our President while there is a very real and serious threat on our Southern border right now with hundreds of thousands of ILLEGAL INVADERS — many of them notorious criminals — pouring across who have absolutely NO RESPECT for our flag, our nation, or our laws.
Our own government feeds, clothes, provides medical care for, offers driver licenses to, free government housing and who knows what else to these invading criminal thugs while many of our own MILITARY VETERANS go hungry and homeless because they can’t get a dime in help from that same government.
Excuse my language but that’s a damn shame, any way you look at it.
If members of CONGRESS would get off their collective lazy, incompetent you-know-whats, DO THEIR JOBS, ENFORCE THE LAWS AND BUILD THE DANG WALL this would not be a problem.
(And before anyone gets the wrong idea, those people who want to come to America LEGALLY, the PROPER WAY, are always welcome!)
I can tell you one thing, the Democrats and RINOs who continue their childish, anti-Trump hissy-fit rants need to wake up and smell the coffee ... their grandstanding isn’t gaining them any votes in the heartland, and is setting Trump up for a landslide re-election victory in 2020.
America is doing better today than it has in decades, on many fronts, and we have DJT’s leadership to thank for it.
That’s my view.