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03 Jun 07 Meaning Of Flag Draped Coffin

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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 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.

Reader's Comments

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    One would presume the flag is folded the exact same way of the coffins of fallen American soldiers who are Jewish or Muslim. I hope nobody tells their parents about all the Christian symbolism supposedly built into the act of folding these flags.

    Who decided that all the folds ment these things, anyway?

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    Look at our government today and you will answer your own question. Man (our Government) can amend anything they want because we the people work for them most of the time without the right to vote on anything. They can make laws without our votes, give theirselves raises,not help the people here before they help other countries, send us to war then send that country money to rebuild what they sent us over there to destroy, in war I thought you fought for your country and the people at home reguardless of race and belief but yet we get our taxes raised and the elder people have to do with out food or medicine, veterans still get shity care and 5 states pay their vets less than the other states, I thought the government was supposed to pay us equal, we all have some hardship others worse than most. So who cares who decided what thes folds mean anyway,at least they were thinking of the AMERICAN PEOPLE , If they don't like it to bad, they should have know before they went. And yes I served in Viet-Nam in 1968-69 during the tet offence so read up more on thf flag or don't say something you really don't know anything about.

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    Look at our government today and you will answer your own question. Man (our Government) can amend anything they want because we the people work for them most of the time without the right to vote on anything. They can make laws without our votes, give theirselves raises,not help the people here before they help other countries, send us to war then send that country money to rebuild what they sent us over there to destroy, in war I thought you fought for your country and the people at home reguardless of race and belief but yet we get our taxes raised and the elder people have to do with out food or medicine, veterans still get shity care and 5 states pay their vets less than the other states, I thought the government was supposed to pay us equal, we all have some hardship others worse than most. So who cares who decided what thes folds mean anyway,at least they were thinking of the AMERICAN PEOPLE , If they don't like it to bad, they should have know before they went. And yes I served in Viet-Nam in 1968-69 during the tet offence so read up more on thf flag or don't say something you really don't know anything about.

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    I am Jewish and cherish the flag that covered the casket of my brother. He served this country proudly and gave his life for his beliefs. The flag was not offensive and the things it represented were also his values. To understand what the folds represents makes this even more special. The foundation of this country allows EVERYONE to practice their faith with freedom. It is an umbrella that protects us all.

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