Its message is no secret. Access to it is as simple as logging on to the Internet. Many veterans, and the widows and widowers of America’s veterans, probably keep it framed in a prominent location on a living room wall.
We refer to the symbolism behind the 13 folds of the American flag. Explanations we came upon on an array of websites commonly preface the information by posing this question, “Have you ever noticed how the Honor Guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the American flag 13 times?”
Truly, it comes with purpose. From this point on, we will quote from already established narrative, which based on our research is titled, “The Meaning to the 13 Folds of the American Flag.”
“The 1st fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
“The 2nd fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
“The 3rd 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 attain peace throughout the world.
“The 4th 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 5th 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 6th 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 7th 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 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 defense of our 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 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 Gen. George Washington, and the sailors and marines who served under Capt. John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.”
For those who still fervently cling to the uncompromised ideals, and to the original values of our America — whether they are written or merely understood — the above passages carry great meaning and incredible weight in determining our balance in life.
We agree, without condition, with this narrative’s final reminder, “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 the symbol of ‘Liberty and Freedom.’”
God Bless America.
She is not a perfect country. But she is our country.
May the red, white and blue of her rippling flag forever fly in the face of any who would oppress and all who will turn a deaf hear to the fundamental doctrine of human rights.