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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
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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.'
MAYBE THE SUPREME COURT SHOULD READ THIS EXPLANATION BEFORE THEY RENDER THEIR DECISION ON THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.


 MAY GOD PROTECT US ALWAYS. 

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




I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it. For I shall not pass this way again. Unknown

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carleeone, thank you for this. 


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Thank you car, excellent post.

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In addition, a perfectly folded coffin flag will show no red and will be six stars showing: Two to the top of the triangle and four to the bottom of the triangle.


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Thanks Car, I never knew the meaning. I will be sharing this with my kids.


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Even with the great care and detail that it is done in and the honor for those that have sacrificed. Its just a small token compared to the ultimate sacrifice that alot have given for this great country. Thanks Car!

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Good post, Car! Too often we have to see this, LE and Military. But, while it is a good tribute to our Country, those that paid the ultimate price, and our freedom, we would much rather have those that pass alive to help us remember it.


Heroes Live Forever!

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shockusmc87 says ...



TheSarge says ...



In addition, a perfectly folded coffin flag will show no red and will be six stars showing: Two to the top of the triangle and four to the bottom of the triangle.



 


Is there a reason for this? never knew why


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No, sir, there isn't a historical reason. It only indicates that the flag has been folded correctly. A 'pall flag' (used for coffins) is exactly 6 x 9. When I would do a practice fold with my team just prior to a funeral, we would fold the flag and take a look at it. If a flag wasn't cut exactly 6 x 9, we would note it in how we would fold it graveside. We would make small adjustments in the fold (unseen to the casual observer) so it would turn out " 2 and 4". For all intents and purposes, that flag would never be unfolded so it needed to be folded exactly right the first time. Only a 6 x 9 flag will fold "2 and 4". Smaller or larger flags will not end up that way.



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thanks carleeone!  great info here.


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Much needed information. I have folded many flags at funerals as a member of the Honor Guard and the Pershing Rifles. Thanks for putting it out there.

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Thanks for that.


I have been to several funerals and have seen that done. I was also a Boy Scout when I was younger. They not teach us that in Scouts.


I had to teach a guy at church how to fold a flag. He does have trouble, but I help him out.


 


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