The Thirteen Folds in the Flag of Remembrance

Have you ever wondered why the flag of the United States of America is folded
13 times when it is lowered or when it is folded and handed to the widow at
the burial of a veteran? Here is the meaning of each of those folds and what
it means to you.

The first fold of our 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 a
ttain 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 seventh 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

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 Mother, 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, loyalty 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 Solomon, and glorifies in their
eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of
eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy

With the thirteenth fold, when the flag is completely folded, the stars are
uppermost reminding us of our nation's 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 Paul
Jones, who were followed by their comrades and airmen in the Armed Forces of
the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we
enjoy today.

The next time you see a flag ceremony honoring someone that has served our
country, either in the Armed Forces or in our civilian services such as the
Police Force or Fire Department, keep in mind all the important reasons
behind each and every movement and fold. They have paid the ultimate
sacrifice for all of us by honoring our flag and our country.