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Not every one knows that the folding of the American Flag represents something. Each carefully snapped fold,13 of them, has special meaning.

I honor those who have/do serve this country so we may fly this beautiful flag.
May it always preserve for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today & always know that this "freedom" did not come without a price!
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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 Decaur, "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 nations motto, "In God We Trust."

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Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on May 31, 2010 at 8:37pm
Riley, thanks for sharing that. I had no idea that each fold represented something but that was a real eye opener for me as a Canadian to know that the US flag was folded that way for a reason. In God we trust and may it always be that way in USA and Canada. To Him be the Glory!!
Comment by Gayle/La. on May 31, 2010 at 3:17pm
Thank you for this great reminder.
Comment by B J Elder/WA on May 31, 2010 at 7:43am
I had not realized that it was 13 folds nor the meaning. Thank you so much for sharing this. Our flag is out today. DH is very careful and precise about the folding of it when we take it down.
Comment by Paula/TX on May 31, 2010 at 6:52am
...and they want to take GOD out of great country!!!!
Comment by Judith Cogswell on May 31, 2010 at 6:33am
Thank you.
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 31, 2010 at 6:20am
Great reminder, Miz Riley. Blessings to you on this day of remembrance. PQ
Comment by Pam/NY on May 31, 2010 at 5:58am
Riley-Thank you for this post. I never knew this and will pass this on. Have a wonderful day...GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

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