Meaning of Flag
Draped Coffin
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  the 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.

Share this with the children you love and all others who
love what is referred to, the symbol of ' Liberty and
Freedom.'