Monday, May 31, 2010

For Memorial Day

The Folding of the American Flag

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 times 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 throughout 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 Spirit.

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.

This information came from Love to Learn
It was sent in by Russell Maynard of Michigan.
Government schools stopped teaching this in 1955.
The flag is folded 13 times to symbolize the original 13 colonies.

With a thankful heart,


  1. I have a flag folded like this in a memory box. It came to me when my husband passed away five years ago. My granddaughter's husband is serving in Iraq at present.
    God bless our boys overseas

  2. Wow!
    God Bless

  3. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing this.

  4. What a Beautiful post! I had no idea that every fold represented something. Gives me chills...

  5. Wow, I didn't know this. Thanks for sharing. I have my uncle's flag in a memory box. He served in Iwo Jima during WWI, and again during the Korean War.

    Happy Memorial Day.


  6. I never knew this!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us...Blessings to you and your family and Happy Memorial Day!

  7. Happy Memorial Day to you. Hope you had a great weekend.

  8. That is such a beautiful picture.


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