21 Gun Salute
Courtesy of Charlie Ryberg
Do you know that at military
funerals, the 21 gun salute stands for the sum
of the numbers in the year 1776?
Have you ever noticed the honor guard
pays meticulous attention to correctly folding
the American flag 13 times?
You probably thought it was to
symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we
learn something new every day!
The 1st fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
The 2nd fold is a symbol of our belief in
The 3rd 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 4th 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 5th fold is a tribute to our country, for
in the words of Stephen Decaur, "Our Country,
in dealing with other countries, may she
always be right; but it is still our country,
right or wrong.
The 6th 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 the Republic for which it stands, one
Nation under God, indivisible, with
and Justice for all.
The 7th 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
The 8th 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.
The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and
Mothers. 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 10th 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
The 11th fold represents the lower portion of
the seal of King David and King Solomon and
glorifies in the Hebrews' eyes, the God of
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity
and glorifies, in the Christians' eyes, God
the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.
The 13th fold, or 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
There are some traditions and ways of doing
things that have deep meaning. In the
future, you'll see flags folded and now you
will know why.
ONE NATION UNDER GOD!!!!
"Be joyful always!"