Our Flag, Did You Know - Anchored In Him

Do you know that at military funerals, the 21 gun salute
stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?
Have you ever noticed the honor guard pays meticulous
attention to correctly folding the American flag 13 times?
You probably thought it was to symbolize the original
13 colonies, but we learn something new every day!

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 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, have been molded.

The 10th 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 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 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. There are some traditions and ways
of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future, you'll see flags folded and now you
will know why.

A protest raged on a courthouse lawn, round a makeshift stage they charged on.
Fifteen hundred or more they say, had come to burn the Flag that day. A boy held up the folded
Flag, cursed it and called it a dirty rag. A man pushed through the angry crowd, with
an old gun shouldered proud. His uniform jacket was old and tight, he had polished each
button, shiny and bright. He crossed the stage with military grace, until he and the boy
stood face to face. Then the old man broke the silence. "Freedom of speech, is worth dying
for, good men are gone, they live no more. All so you can stand on this courthouse lawn,
and ramble on from dusk to dawn. But before the Flag gets burned today, this old veteran
is going to have his say. My father died on a foreign shore, in a war they said would end
all wars. Tommy and I weren't even full grown, before we fought in a war of our own.
Tommy died on Iwo Jima's beach, in the shadow of a hill he couldn't reach.
Where five good men raised this Flag so high, that the whole world could see it fly.
I got this bum leg that I still drag, fighting for this same old Flag. There's but one shot
in this old gun, so now it's time to decide which one. Which one of you will follow our lead,
to stand and die for what you believe?" The boy who had called it a dirty rag, handed the
veteran the folded Flag. The crowd got quiet as they walked away, to talk about what they
heard that day. So the battle for the Flag this day was won, by a loyal veteran with a
single gun. Who for one last time, had to show to some, that these colors will never,never run.

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Old Glory, may she ever wave proudly and not us let forget what she stands for. Protect her as the cost of freedom is not cheap ! ! !


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