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EasternPriest
October 12th, 2001, 12:17 AM
From an e-mail I received today:







WHY THE AMERICAN FLAG IS FOLDED 13 TIMES

Have you ever noticed on TV or at military funerals that the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the
American flag 13 times?
Here it is:

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 through out 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, 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."
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 Jewish 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.

Danustouch
October 12th, 2001, 02:40 AM
Not to be a stickler..but...is there any proof to this?? I mean..does this story have any documentation? I'd like to know, for historical purposes. I'd also like to know how long the flag has been folded in this manner :)

As for the whole 13 thing..if all those little things ARE true, then I have two thoughts. The number 13 has always been a highly magickal number in pagan traditions (even in many modern day covens, a reccomended number of members, is 13). Combine the fact that it's folded 13 times, and the fact that all of these.."thoughts" were poured into it (if it is indeed true)..it's the closest thing to a Spell that I know:) They were putting their energy, thought and intent, into it. So...it's something to think about, when you see a flag being folded. That it's a work of magick, in some ways :)

talamh
October 12th, 2001, 07:32 AM
Hey - you only listed 12 folds... what's the 13th??
bb talamh

Mairwen
October 12th, 2001, 12:25 PM
Originally posted by talamh anEiac
Hey - you only listed 12 folds... what's the 13th??
bb talamh

Uh yeah, he did, too. See:


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.

Spirahl
October 12th, 2001, 12:55 PM
Documentation...
Well, I did see this covered on Martha Stewart the other day:D .
And we know that Martha is THE authority on ALL things.
'specially if they're GOOD things;) .

Danustouch
October 12th, 2001, 02:02 PM
lol spirahl :)

EasternPriest
October 14th, 2001, 05:54 AM
It's very similar to the flag traditions I learned in Navy boot camp. Also with 13, you originally had 13 states and 13 stars. There still are 13 stripes.

The 13th fold tucks the end of the flag into the triangle, so that only the star field shows on the outside.

Twilight Garden
October 14th, 2001, 05:50 PM
I always thought it just had to do with 13 states also. Many things started in the US had to do with the #13 for that reason. Or so I thought...

Wyrdsister
October 16th, 2001, 02:23 AM
That's really great! I love tangeable traditions like that. Thanks for posting EP!

Wyrdsister