All Americans should be given this lesson.

All  Americans should be given this lesson.

All Americans should be given this lesson.

The meaning of Flag Draped Coffin for 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 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 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.'

MAYBE THE SUPREME COURT SHOULD READ THIS EXPLANATION BEFORE THEY RENDER THEIR DECISION ON THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. SHARE IT. MAYBE SOMEONE WITH THE NECESSARY POWER, OR POLITICAL AND FINANCIAL INFLUENCE, WILL GET IT TO THEM.

IN THE MEANTIME, MAY GOD PROTECT US ALWAYS.

ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

Though unofficial at present (because the original author is unknown) these are the lines that are read at a flag folding ceremony 'with words'.

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4 years 21 weeks ago, 9:16 PM

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Well lets see

I meant to put this in the forum,, not the image. Lemme see if I can move it over.

"We fight not for Glory nor for Honors; but only and alone we fight for Freedom, which no Good Man surrenders but with his life" - Robert the Bruce "Declaration of Arbroath"
4 years 21 weeks ago, 10:22 PM

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great post bigg'n

Im pretty up on Flag eticate.. least i thought i was.. this was new to me.. Thanks for posting it.

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4 years 21 weeks ago, 11:44 PM

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I regret to inform you that the "meanings" of each flag fold have never been recognized by Congress, nor is the information supported by any federal or state statute, ordinance or by the flag code. The protocol for Military Funeral Honors [MFH] ceremonies does not include the recitation of those "words".

I regret also that the "21 Gun salute" has no relationship to the additive numbers 1776. The 21 gun salute was established by international agreement. Further--there is no 21 gun salute at MFH ceremonies, unless the deceased had been the POTUS. Gun salutes are rendered by cannon, not rifles. Gun salutes are used to honor living dignitaries, by rank also, from 19 down to 11.
MFH ceremony protocol requires a three volley salute, followed by Taps. The three volleys are usually rendered by seven [7] members of the firing party, but could be rendered by as few as one firing party member. Thus, 7 members, times three volleys may equal 21, but that has no relationship to a 21 gun salute.

(written by a veteran of over 350 MFH ceremonies)

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4 years 21 weeks ago, 6:23 AM

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LLE ....understood

but please note that I did include that this is, and always was known, is an un-official routine,,, because of the fact it isn't recognized by a statute. I mean no disrespect nor blatant ignorance. It is also read by request in ceremony by many servicemen who are retiring and it is VERY inspiring. Many of our Pipers are invited or hired to Pipe a ceremony such as these from time to time.

"We fight not for Glory nor for Honors; but only and alone we fight for Freedom, which no Good Man surrenders but with his life" - Robert the Bruce "Declaration of Arbroath"
4 years 21 weeks ago, 6:27 AM

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The 21 Gun Salute

was (to me) one Hell of a coincidence aye. Just shows to me how God is with our country and will be again if we (the remnant Americans) defend on.

"We fight not for Glory nor for Honors; but only and alone we fight for Freedom, which no Good Man surrenders but with his life" - Robert the Bruce "Declaration of Arbroath"
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