(The following is read as the flag is being folded.)
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
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 of reveille, run
aloft as a symbol of our belief in the resurrection of the body.
fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
fold is a symbol of our belief in the eternal life.
fold is made in honor and remembrance 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.
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.
fold is a tribute 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."
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.
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.
fold is a tribute to the one who entered in to 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.
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.
fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and
daughters for the defense of our country since they were first
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.
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.
flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding
us of our national motto, "In God we Trust."
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