Know Your Flag
"The World is a Dangerous Place
to live, Not because of those who
do EVIL, but because of those
who stand by and let it happen".

Albert  Einstein
What follows is an unofficial, but popular script for folding the flag. It does not appear in the Flag Code and would
appear to be in violation of military guidelines and in violation of the Establishment Clause.

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 of our veterans who 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.

Have you ever noticed the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the American 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 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 to in times
of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

The 5th 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 6th 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 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 father, for he, too, has given his 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, the Son and
the Holy Spirit.

The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our 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 us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.


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