The Spiritual Meaning of the Flag Folding Ceremony

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he point of honor of the Flag of the United States of America is a canton of blue containing stars representing the states our men served in uniform. The point of honor dresses from left to right and the only time it is inverted and displayed in the manner in which you see it today is when it comes to serve as a pall on the casket of a veteran who has served his country honorably in uniform.

In the evening, in the armed forces of the United States of America at the ceremony of evening colors the Flag is lowered and folded in a triangle folds, and kept under watch throughout the night as a tribute to our Nations Honored Dead. The next morning it is brought out at the ceremony of morning colors, and is run aloft as a symbol of our belief in the resurrection of the body.

THE FIRST FOLD of our flag is a symbol of life.

THE SECOND FOLD is a symbol of our belief in the eternal life, and this fold we make in honor and remembrance of the veteran whom we commemorate today, for he too, gave a portion of his life for the defense of our country and our flag, and are here today to perform this Flag-Folding ceremony in order to show that his efforts to attain peace throughout the world has not been in vain and shall not be forgotten.

WE FOLD AGAIN in the shape of a triangle, for this is where our heart lies and it is with our hearts 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.

WE FOLD AGAIN in the shape of a triangle, representing our weaker nature; for we as American citizens, trust in GOD, and it is to Him we turn in times of peace, as well as in times of war for His divine guidance.

WE FOLD AGAIN as a tribute to our armed forces, for it is through these same armed forces that we protect our country and our Flag from all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our Republic.

WE FOLD AGAIN as a tribute to our country, for in the words of the immortal Stephen Decatur, “Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our Country, be it right or wrong!”

WE FOLD AGAIN as a tribute to the one who entered the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and this fold is made to honor mother for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.

WE FOLD AGAIN as a tribute to our womanhood; for it has been thrugh their Faith, Loyalty, and Devotion that the characters of the men that have made this country great have been molded.

WE FOLD FROM the stripes toward the stars; for whereas the stripes represent the thirteen original colonies that founded our Republic; they are now embodied in the fifty sovereign states represented by the stars, so that the stars cover the stripes.

WE FOLD AGAIN in the shape of a triangle; for in the eyes of a Hebrew Citizen, this represents the lower portion of the seal of KING DAVID and KING SOLOMON, and glorifies in their eyes, the GOD of ABRAHAM the GOD of ISAAC and the GOD OF JACOB.

WE FOLD AGAIN in the shape of a triangle; for in the eyes of a Christian Citizen, this represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies in their eyes, GOD THE FATHER, GOD THE SON AND GODTHE HOLY SPIRIT.

WHEN OUR FLAG IS COMPLETELY FOLDED the stars are uppermost which remind us of the National Motto “In God We Trust.”

AFTER THE FLAG IS COMPLETELY FOLDED and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a three cornered 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, and followed their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States have preserved for us the rights, privileges, and freedom which we are enjoying today.

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