Did you know that there is a right way to fold the American Flag? Most people don’t.
Folding the Flag
Step 1. Fold the flag in half by bring the striped half over the blue field.
Step 2. Fold the flag in half again. The blue field should be on both outer sides.
Step 3. Bring the lower striped corner to the upper edge to form a triangle.
Step 4. Fold the upper point in to form another triangle. Continue folding triangles the entire length of the flag. (There should be a total of 13 triangles)
Step 5. When you get near the end nothing but the blue field should be showing. The last little bit of the flag not incorporated into a triangle should be tucked unto the triangle to secure the flag.
Ever wonder why there are 13 folds? There is a reason behind each and every one of them.
Fold 1. The symbol of life.
Fold 2. The symbol for our belief in eternal life.
Fold 3. Made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the world.
Fold 4. 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.
Fold 5. 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 6. The symbol 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 7. 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 are found within or without the boundaries of our republic.
Fold 8. 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.
Fold 9. 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.
Fold 10. 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.
Fold 11. 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 12. 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.
Fold 13. 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. Those 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.