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 7/4/2009 7:57 AM
 Modified By Jomilt  on 7/4/2009 7:08:46 AM

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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 2ndfold 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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 7/4/2009 8:41 AM

Amen Joella! Thanks for that history lesson and a great reminder for us all to stop and think about today :) 

Happy 233rd Birthday America! Fly those flags proud and be ever so grateful we live here :)



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 7/4/2009 11:54 AM

Getting ready to go outside to watch the 48th annual neighbourhood Fourth of July Parade! Happy birthday USA!!

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 7/4/2009 2:40 PM

 Good heavens! That's fascinating!  Thanks Joella

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 7/4/2009 7:16 PM

Joella - Thank you so much for enlightening us all.  That was beautiful.  Appreciate your research.

My friend Bill is a Korean vet and did not know what all the folds mean - now he does.  We left home this AM with me driving but were about 15 min. away when I remembered I forgot my computer of all things. I've got it NOW.   We found a really neat RV resort (Club Royal Oak - Kings River Resorts) on the Kings River in Kingsburg, CA and they had a pull thru space for us and that's without reservations. Nice big shade trees and lawn.  There is just one more space available.   We were lucky to find this place because it is tucked way back East of highway 99 & Road 400 thru berry fields, plum, quince (sp?) and peach orchards.  Lots of people here are in/on the river water.  Of course, when we got here it was 99.9.  It's "only" 83 inside with the A/Cs going.

We are heading out thru Yosemite to the Eastern Sierras.  Maybe Bill can get some fishing time.  Maybe I can too!

Rags and Ruffles are out - guess the ride wiped them out.  LOL

Happy 4th.  Our flag is flying proudly from the coach!!

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 7/4/2009 10:42 PM

sounds like a really pretty campground

and thanks for the reminder Joella I read that not long ago but we can always use a reminder


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