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For those that have fogotten and those that never knew

Meaning of Flag Draped Coffin!

All Americans should be given this lesson. Those who think that America is an arrogant  nation should really reconsider that thought. Our founding fathers used  GOD’s word and teachings to establish our Great Nation and I think it’s  high time Americans get re-educated about this Nation’s history. Pass it along and be proud of the country we live in and even more proud of  those who serve to protect our ‘GOD GIVEN’ rights and  freedoms.

I hope you take  the time to read this … 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 2ndfold 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.

The11th 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.

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.”