The American Flag: 13 Folds of Honor

Photo Credit: Beverly & Pack via CC Flickr

Photo Credit: Beverly & Pack via CC Flickr

Memorial Day is a day observed by millions of people in the United States of America in remembrance of men and women who sacrificed their time, careers, and lives for their country.  America is not the only country which honors their military…many countries around the world do the same in some fashion.

The history, rituals, and the customs of the United States Military has always fascinated and intrigues me. I hold in highest esteem and respect, all people who have sacrificed their time and/or their lives for their country.

A military tradition that has always been deeply moving to me, is watching the person of a fallen spouse or child, receive the folded American flag during a funeral ceremony.

I often wondered the story behind the folded flag. Why is it folded in that particular manner? What does each fold represent? What is the history behind it?

I recently read a short article on the internet site, Folds of Honor, which answered my questions. It is for this reason that I thought that this would be a great article to share with you. I hope that this story will enlighten and encourage your heart as much as it did mine!

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The folded flag has long been a dual symbol of sacrifice and the cost of freedom as well as hope and admiration for those defending our country. As we transition into using the folded American flag as the Folds of Honor logo, please take a moment to read what each of these folds represents:

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 veteran departing our ranks, and who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

The fourth fold represents our weaker nature; as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace, as well as in times 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 enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

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 our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.

The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty, and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.

The 10th fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first born.

The 11th fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, 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 12th 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 Ghost.

When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.”

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it has the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under Gen. George Washington and the sailors and Marines who served under Capt. John Paul Jones and were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the U.S. Armed Forces, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.

Have a Wonderful Memorial and that the ones who serve for us now and remember the ones who paid the ultimate price for the freedom that we can enjoy today!!

  20 comments for “The American Flag: 13 Folds of Honor

  1. February 8, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    It is the saddest, most beautiful ceremony…this was wonderful, Coach. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. February 8, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Reblogged this on Elaine's Random Thoughts and commented:
    Very interesting information on the reasons for each of the folds in the flag presented to the family after the death of a military man or woman. I never knew the specific meanings before. I encourage you to read it.

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  3. February 8, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    History, rituals and customs …. a very touching and significant one!!

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  4. February 8, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Reblogged this on lyallbete and commented:
    For those that don’t know.

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  5. February 9, 2015 at 1:59 am

    Reblogged this on Life As An Anomaly and commented:
    So often we don’t know (or take the time to know) the significance behind rituals and ceremonies.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. February 9, 2015 at 2:49 am

    Wonderful! Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. February 9, 2015 at 6:33 am

    I’ve received one of those flags and you can feel the honor with each touch.

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  8. February 9, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Fascinating information that we never hear about. Thank you for enlightening us. Re-blogging.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. February 9, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Reblogged this on The English Professor at Large and commented:
    Fascinating post from Good Time Stories. This is information that few of us have but should know.

    Like

  10. February 9, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Very fascinating and intrigued, in the same time, about the number 13 , that is associated with bad luck.

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  11. Garry Armstrong
    February 9, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Thank you! I learned this a thousand years ago in USMC boot camp training. It’s framed in my sense memory.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. February 9, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I knew this once – but it was a long time ago – thank you for helping me remember all its reverent significance

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  13. February 9, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Wonderful post, human! Thanks fur sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. February 10, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    The flag is a sacred piece of cloth – beautiful post.

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  15. February 11, 2015 at 4:25 am

    Extremely interesting to read about the significance of the various folds which make it so much more meaningful. Thank you

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  16. February 12, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Reblogged this on Say WHAT!?.

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  17. coachmichalski
    May 28, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Reblogged this on Moments with God.

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