FOLDS OF THE FLAG
THE  TWENTY-ONE GUN SALUTE WAS DETERMINED BY ADDING THE INDIVIDUAL DIGITS OF 1776.  THE FLAG IS FOLDED THIRTEEN TIMES WHEN IT IS LOWERED OR WHEN IT IS FOLDED AND HANDED TO THE WIDOW OR MOTHER AT THE BURIAL OF A VETERAN. 
THE FOLDS OF THE FLAG
THE FIRST FOLD OF THE  FLAG  IS A SYMBOL OF LIFE.

THE SECOND FOLD IS A SYMBOL OF OUR BELIEF
IN ETERNAL LIFE.

THE THIRD 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 FOURTH 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 TIME OF WAR FOR HIS DIVINE GUIDANCE.

THE FIFTH FOLD IS A TRIBUTE TO OUR 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 SIXTH FOLD IS FOR WHERE OUR HEARTS LIE.  IT IS WITH OUR HEART 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 SEVENETH FOLD IS A TRIBUTE TO OUR ARMED FORCES, FOR IT IS THROUGH 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 EIGHTH 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,
AND TO HONOR  MOTHERS, FOR WHOM IT FLIES
ON MOTHER'S DAY.

THE NINTH FOLD IS A TRIBUTE TO WOMANHOOD; FOR IT HAS BEEN THROUGH THEIR FAITH, THEIR LOVE  AND DEVOTION THAT THE CHARACTER
OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE MADE
THIS COUNTRY GREAT HAS BEEN MOLDED.
THE TENTH FOLD IS A TRIBUTE TO THE FATHER, FOR HE TOO, HAS GIVEN HIS SONS AND DAUGHTERS FOR THE DEFENSE OF OUR
COUNTRY SINCE THEY WERE FIRST BORN.

THE ELEVENTH FOLD, IN THE EYES OF A HEBREW CITIZEN, REPRESENTS THE LOWER PORTION OF THE SEAL OF KING DAVID AND KING SOLOMOM, AND GLORIFIES IN THEIR EYES, THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB.

THE TWELFTH FOLD, IN THE EYES OF A CHRISTIAN, REPRESENTS AN EMBLEM OF ETERNITY AND GLORIFIES, IN THEIR EYES, GOD THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.
  THE FINAL FOLD COMPLETES THE FOLDING OF THE FLAG.  THE STARS ARE UPPERMOST, REMINDING US
OF OUR NATION'S MOTTO, "IN GOD WE TRUST." 

COMPLETELY FOLDED AND TUCKED IN, IT TAKES N THE APPEARANCE OF A COCKED HAT, REMINDING US OF THE SOLDIERS WHO SERVED UNDER GENERAL
GEORGE WASHINGTON.  AND OF THE SAILORS
AND MARINES WHO SERVED UNDER
CAPTAIN JOHN PAUL JONES. 

THEIR COMRADES AND SHIPMATES THAT FOLLOWED  IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES, PRESERVING FOR US THE RIGHTS, PRIVILEGES,
AND FREEDOMS WE ENJOY TODAY.
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