Monday, May 26, 2008

Military Fly Over




Memorial Day honors the men and women of America who sacrificed their lives for the Nation's freedom. The American Flag is a symbol of the nation's strength and unity. I saw the following on TV this morning, and felt compelled to post it here.

WHY THE AMERICAN FLAG IS FOLDED 13 TIMES

The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

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.

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 divine guidance.

The fifth fold is a tribute to our country.

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 her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

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.

The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; 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 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.

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.

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 Spirit.

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 which have deep meaning. You will see many flags folded in the coming weeks, and now you will know why.

7 comments:

Small City Scenes said...

Beautiful picture of a salute to our flag and what it stands for. Great inf.....
The Champ is back. Enjoy the day and remember why. MB

Janice Thomson said...

What a wonderful read - I didn't know this at all. Thanks for this moving tribute on your holiday weekend.

cocabixinhos said...

Welcome back (13 times!)
my lucky number**

evlahos said...

wonderful composition and interesting info

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Well, this is awesome information! I didn't know this so this was cool stuff to learn.
Your photo was truly inspiring to this day of Memorial and a beautiful tribute... stunning colors.
Well done!

George Townboy said...

MB: Thank you!! Your new icon is terrific!

Janice: Neither did I ... I fortunately clicked on the right TV station! LOL

Coca: Mine also!! Thank you!

Evlahos: Thank you very much!

Michele: Thank you so much!!

Carletta said...

You sure know how to come back big time don't you?
This is an awesome post and a beautiful image - the flag blowing, the contrail, and the blue sky is glorious!