By Robert Darby
Remember those days when they actually use to teach a person the basic meaning of history? When in your younger years you use to stand and Pledge Allegiance to the American Flag? Remember when prayer was in school? Those days seem to be the days of yesteryear when America seemed closer to God and their Country and no sacrifice was to great for any Red Blooded American.
I think that many Americans long for the return of those days when we use to all honor the American Flag and pray in school. Back when people actually cared about each other and had pride in what America stood for.
Americans seem to have forgotten the brave sacrifices that these proficient solders, both men and women, have made for Americans to enjoy the freedoms we have now. Now there seems to be a lot of anger, hate and discord in America. It seems that people no longer have Pride in America, the American Flag or even God and Country that they had decades ago. Worst of all this change seems to have happened over night or what seems to be over night.
Now instead of honoring the American Flag ESPN says they might not play the National Anthem before any NFL game. Also NFL players and owners are protesting the American Flag for political injustices and other reasons. Do they realize that what they are protesting is the very reason that the men and women in the military gave their life for? Do they realize that the American Flag represents all Americans and not just a select few? Do they even know what the different colors on the American Flag stand for? I personally do not think ESPN, the NFL players, owners and even others know what the American Flag stands for.
The Basic History of the Stars and Stripes
- Red stands for courage, valor, and bloodshed; courage for our Country separating from England and the strength to start over, and bravery to fight for our freedom. Intestinal Fortitude because our founding fathers believed that our land would outlast the land that we came from. Finally, the blood that was shed to honor those who lost their life for our freedom and country.
- White stands for moral purity and attentiveness: righteousness because our country is free and not demoralized by any other country. Mindfulness because of our countries need to be observant and cautious in the choices we make.
- Blue stands for honor and encouragement: virtue because it is the basis of our country and the steadfastness of a young nation that will survive against all odds. The fifty stars on the Flag represent the fifty states in America. (Information cited comes courtesy of the OWLCATION.COM)
Do the majority of Americans even realize what the meaning of the thirteen folds of the U.S. Flag stand for? I do not think so because if they actually knew then everyone would have more respect, honor, pride and understanding for the American Flag.
The meaning of the 13 folds of the U.S. Flag:
- The first fold of the flag is a symbol of life.
- The second fold is a symbol of belief in the eternal life.
- The third fold is made to remember and honor our veterans departing us and who have given their life while defending our country and to gain peace throughout the world.
- The forth fold identifies our weaker nature, and how as American citizens we trust in God and turn to Him in times of peace and guidance.
- The fifth fold is a homage to our country as in the words of Stephen Decatur, “While our country is dealing with other countries may she always be right; but it is still our country wright or wrong”.
- The sixth fold of the flag is where our hearts lie. It is with our hearts that we pledge our loyalty to the flag of the United States of America, “and 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. It is the Armed Forces that protect our country against all enemies no matter where they are found in America whether “within or without the boundaries of the republic”.
- The eighth fold is a tribute to the One who entered the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.
- The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood and Mothers because if it were not for their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that molded the character of men and women who have made this country great.
- The tenth fold is a tribute to the father because he has also given his sons and daughters for the defense of their country since they were first born.
- The eleventh fold in the eyes of the Hebrew Citizen, represents the lower portion of King David and King Solomon and glorifies the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
- The twelfth fold, in the eyes of Christian citizens, is an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
- The thirteenth fold: When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nations 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 solders that 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. (Information cited comes courtesy of the THE STEGENHEARLD.COM/COMMUNITY/THE MEANING OF THE FOLDS OF THE U.S. FLAG).
Some sources attribute the inception of this Flag Folding routine to “Gold Star Mothers of America while others to an Air Force Chaplain stationed at the United States Air Force Academy”. It is considered by others to be “an urban legend”; however, it provides a great “patriotic service to all”. (Information cited comes courtesy of LEGION.ORG/FLAG/FOLDING).