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Meaning of Flag Draped Coffin

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  1. Apr 21, 2009 at 5:42 PM
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    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 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.
    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.'


    MAY GOD PROTECT US ALWAYS.
    ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.
     
  2. Apr 21, 2009 at 5:45 PM
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  3. Apr 21, 2009 at 5:49 PM
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    Thanks for that Packerfan,I have my Great-Grandfathers US casket flag in a beautiful wood and glass triangular case on display in my living room.I had no idea about it's folded meanings but appreciate the lesson.
     
  4. Apr 21, 2009 at 5:50 PM
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  5. Apr 21, 2009 at 6:01 PM
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    Good to know! I thought it was just that our country was honoring them for their service. Well, that's one part...of 13. lol
     
  6. Apr 21, 2009 at 6:02 PM
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    great lesson to be learned my friend......thank you for posting this!!
     
  7. Apr 21, 2009 at 6:05 PM
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    i always wondered what it meant, and even more how to fold one!

    Thank you for the info:)
     
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    well said, I have my fathers flag on my mantel in a case, I felt proud to have the military and country honor my father for his service in vietnam.
     
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    What if you don't believe in the invisible man in the sky?

    That being said, I respect the flags of different countries and the soldiers who died fighting under them.
     
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    Thanks, Matt. Good post! ;)
     
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    I've been part of several ceremonies where this exact passage has been read- Both folding the flag and reading this passage- and even now it makes me get a bit choked up.

    There isn't a word in the world that can explain how it feels to crease that 13th fold, tuck the flag, and pass it off.

    Nice post man.
     
  12. Apr 21, 2009 at 7:19 PM
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    Please don't shoot the messenger...I learned while I was in the military that this is not official in the eyes of the military...It is done often and sounds great though...

    http://www.snopes.com/military/flagfold.asp
     
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    I too check everything at snopes, I still like it and choose to admire it, it represents everything I believe.
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    I'm glad you guys liked that as much as I did. :)
     
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    nice to know. may all that have had the flag folded RIP and those serving god bless.
     
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    i did six months straight of honor guard. i handed off 15 flags. by far this experience was the most meaningful thing i have ever done in my life.
     
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