Thirteen Folds of Flag Honor All Americans
By Lt. Col. Roger Henry, 43rd Flying Training Squadron
2. The second fold is a symbol of our
belief in eternal life.
3. The third 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.
4. The fourth 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
5. The fifth fold is a tribute to our
country, for in the words of naval hero Stephen Decatur, "Our
Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be
right; but it is still our country, right or wrong."
6. 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.
7. 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 her enemies, whether they be found
within or without the boundaries of our republic.
8. 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 mother, for whom it
flies on Mother's Day.
9. The ninth 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 has been molded.
10. The tenth 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.
11. The eleventh fold, in the 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,
Isaac and Jacob.
12. 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 the Holy
13. When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation's motto, "In God We Trust."
This page created 4 December 2009