Folds for funerals

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Flag Discussion' started by The Burnt Rose, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. The Burnt Rose

    The Burnt Rose New Member

    I understand that there is something specific said with each fold of the flag for military funerals. Can anyone tell me what they are?
  2. [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]The 1st fold of our flag is a symbol of life.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]The 2nd fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]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.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]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.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]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.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]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.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]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.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]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.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]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.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]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.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]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.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nations motto, "In God We Trust."[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]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 us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.[/FONT]
  3. Peter Ansoff

    Peter Ansoff USA Flag Site Admin

    This litany is completely unofficial, and many people object to it because of its rather heavy-handed religious content. When I discuss it in presentations, I sometimes ask rhetorically if they plan to add a fold for Muslims.

    The line for the fifth fold is rather amusing, because it is a misquote. What Stephen Decatar really said was

    "Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong."

    Apparently, whoever came up with this folding litany did not think that we should talk about "intercourse" when folding the flag.

    Peter A.
  4. armoryhistorian

    armoryhistorian New Member

    You are right about the fold explanations. Research I've done indicates this was something created in the US Air Force Academy not too many years ago (by who unknown). But because it is unofficial, I understand the government/military issued orders that for military funerals it NOT be done. Personally speaking, if I have a funeral when I die, I think it would be a nice touch, and as I am a member of the American Legion, I understand they will STILL do it.
  5. Robin Hickman

    Robin Hickman Well-Known Member

    I'm one of those who object (strenuously) to such a blantant spouting of a bunch of heavy-handed conservative christian content. :mad:

    Robin Hickman

  6. Peter Ansoff

    Peter Ansoff USA Flag Site Admin

    Research I've done indicates this was something created in the US Air Force Academy not too many years ago (by who unknown).

    It would be interesting to know where it originally came from. The internal clues in the text are mixed. The reference to "under God" in the pledge of allegience would put it after 1954, when that phrase was added to the pledge. On the other hand, referring to Jewish persons as "Hebrews" has a late 19th century ring.

    On the whole, this litany is another example of what Justice Holmes was talking about in the quote that I use as my signature. Ultimately, the meaning of the flag is what each individual American perceives it to be.

    Peter Ansoff

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