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When you think of military services with a funeral home one might think of the folded flag in a triangle shape. This ceremony is practiced to keep pride in our country. Even though the sources of why this is done is unknown, the 13 meanings can create a positive and uplifting experience.
- The first fold, of our flag is a symbol of life.
- The second fold, signifies our belief in eternal life.
- The third fold, is made in honor and tribute of the veteran departing our ranks, and who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace.
- The fourth fold, exemplifies our weaker nature as citizens trusting in God; it is to Him we turn for His divine guidance.
- The fifth fold, is a eulogy 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 sixth 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 seventh 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 enemies.
- The eighth 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, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.
- The ninth fold, is an honor to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty, and devotion that the character of men and women who have made this country great have been molded.
- The tenth fold, is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first-born.
- The eleventh fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
- The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost.
- The last fold, when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.”