FWD: Flag Day – Meaning of a Flag Draped Coffin!

Meaning of  Flag Draped Coffin

Flag of the United States of America, backlit,...

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.’




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3 thoughts on “FWD: Flag Day – Meaning of a Flag Draped Coffin!

  1. Sorry, but you’re wrong on both counts. The 21-gun salute predates the U.S. and has nothing to do with 1776–that’s simply a myth. Likewise, the practice of 13 “folds” predates the symbolic meaning ascribed above. Many folks now confer that symbolism on them, which I have no problem with, but that’s not the reason they exist.

    I’m also not sure why you’re making reference to the Pledge of Allegiance, which didn’t exist at all until 1892. And though it was written by a Christian Socialist, it did not include the words “under God” until 1954–not even 60 years ago.

    Like you, I am troubled by the number of people who know little about the flag or our history, and the well-meaning folks who regularly violate the U.S. Flag Code. If interested, you can see more here: http://jmcpherson.wordpress.com/2008/07/03/burn-a-flag-for-the-fourth/

  2. I wanted to share this with you on flag day. Its a modern version of “The Star Spangled Banner” a popular rock band did in order to try and get people to act more patriotic again and make patriotism “cool” among the jaded youth….

    Hope you like it

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