Saluting with misty eyes
With military funerals being so much in the forefront of American's minds, I began thinking about them, and remembered something that someone told me about the flods in the National Colors meaning something. I did a little research, and found the following. I will warn my pagan brothers and sisters that it is highly biased to the Christian side of things... however, our ancestors weren't as kind and tolerant of religious preferences as they thought.
According to Providenceforum.org:
The flag folding ceremony represents the same religious proncipals on which our country was founded. At the ceremony of retreat (lowering the flag at night), the flag is lowered, folded in a triangle andkept under watch at night as a tribute to our nation's honored dead. The next morning it is brought out, and at morning colors, run aloft as a symbol of our belief in the resurrection of the body.
Fold 1 (lengthwise, corners meeting): This fold is a symbol of life.
Fold 2 (lengthwise again, corners meeting, stars out): Symbolizing our belief in the eternal life
Fold 3 (stripe end, folding right corner diagnally to left side): In honor and rememberance of the departed veteran
Fold 4 (continue diagnal folding): This represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens we turn to G-d for His Diving guidance
Fold 5: This is a tribute to our country
Fold 6: This is for where our hearts lie, for it is with our hearts that we pledge allegiance.
Fold 7: A tribute to the Armed Forces
Fold 8: A tribute to the one who entered into the shadow of death and for his mother for whom the flag flies on Mother's Day
Fold 9: A tribute to womanhood, for it is the character of their love and devotion that made the character of the fighting men and women great.
Fold 10: A tribute to the father, for he, too, has given children to the defense of this country.
Fold 11: In the eyes of our Hebrew Brothers anbd Sisters, this represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies (in their eyes) the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Fold 12: This represents an emblem of eternity, and glorifies the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The excess at the end gets tucked into the flag.
Once the flag is completly folded, the stars are the only thing showing, reminding us of our nation's motto: In G-d We Trust.
The shape of the flag after it is folded resembles a three cornered hat, and reminds us of the soldiers, Marines and sailors who served under George Washingtom and John Paul Jones.
Just something I thought all Americans should know.
(try the after dark section)