The flag-draped coffin


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 United States of America 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 the flag is a symbol of life.

The 2nd fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.

The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans  departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of  the country to attain peace throughout the world.

The 4th fold represents the 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 the 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 people's hearts lie. It is with their
heart that they 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 its Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that they protect their country and their flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their 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 the defense of their 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 them of their nations 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 them the rights, privileges and freedoms they enjoy today.

There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future, when you see flags folded, now you'll know how they got that way. Tradition is the glue that keeps a country together.

When civilizations forget this, as countries in Europe and the United States are doing today, they eventually implode upon themselves and the reason no successful democracy has ever survived, first observed by Plato over 2,700 years ago.

Seen any old democracies around the earth? You won't. That's because their nature is to destroy themselves through evolving freedoms that are so obscene and irresponsible, their structure eventually has nothing to stand upon but its own hypocrisy.

Plato observed that you will know the time when strange ideas have over taken your society. It will be marked by events where even puppy dogs will stand on their hind legs and demand their freedoms, too.

He said the people will become so disgusted with their society, they will do anything to return life to the way it was, even at the expense of their freedom.



"Freedom is Knowledge"