FOLDING THE FLAG: The flag is folded thirteen (13) times to symbolize the original thirteen (13)colonies, but there is much more to the flag folding.  See the whole story and remember a veteran on Veteran's Day.


The 1st fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

The 2nd fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans

departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense

of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

The 4th 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

time of war for His divine guidance.

The 5th fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen

Decaur, "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 our hearts lie. 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 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 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 fathers, for they, too, have given their

sons and daughters for the defense of our 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, God the Son and God the Holy


The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are

uppermost reminding us of our nation's 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. 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.

Do you know that at military funerals, the 21 gun salute actually

stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?

patriotic soldier-veterans day