Flag Folding Ceremony
The flag folding ceremony represents the same religious principles on
which our country was originally founded. The portion of the flag
denoting honor is the canton of blue containing the stars representing
the states our veterans served in uniform. The canton field of blue
dresses from left to right and is inverted when draped as a pall on a
casket of a veteran who has served our country in uniform.
In the Armed Forces of the United States, at the ceremony of retreat
the flag is lowered, folded in a triangle fold and kept under watch
throughout the night as a tribute to our nation's honored dead. The
next morning it is brought out and, at the ceremony or reveille, run
aloft as a symbol of our belief in the resureection of the body.
1. The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
2. The second fold is made in honor and rememberance of the veteran
departing our ranks who gave a portion of life for the defense of our
country to attain a peace throughout the world.
3. The third 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 times of war for His divine guidance.
4. The fourth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of
Stephan Decatur, "Our country, in dealing with other countries, may
she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.
5. The fifth fold is where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that
we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States, of America, and
tothe republic for which it stands, one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
6. The sixth 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
7. The seventh 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 mother, for whom it flies on mother's day.
8. The eighth fold is a tribute to womanhood: for it has been through
their faith, love loyalty, and devotion that the character of the men
and women who have made this country great have been molded.
9. The ninth fold is a tribute to father, for he too, has given his
sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were
10. The tenth fold, inthe eyes of a Hebrew citizen, represents the
lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and
glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.
11. The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represent
an emblem of eternity and glorifies in theie eyes, God the Father, the
Son and Holy Ghost
When the flag is completey folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding
us of our national motto, "In God we Trust."