Why the American Flag
Is Folded 12 Times
- 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 throughout 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 are found within or without the boundaries of our
- 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 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.
- The twelfth fold, in the eyes
of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and
glorifies in their eyes, God the Father, God the Son, and God
the 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.
Submitted By Andy, Gettysburg,
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of Interesting Facts, My Little
I have recently been
diagnosed with AAADD
.... that's Age Activated
Attention Deficit Disorder!! This is how it goes...
I decide to change the oil in the
car, start to the garage and notice the mail on the table. OK, I'm
going to work on the car .... BUT FIRST I'm going to go through
the mail. So, I lay the car keys down on the desk.
After discarding the junk mail, I
notice the waste can is full. OK, I'll just put the bills on the
desk .... BUT FIRST I'll take the trash out to the trash can, but
since I'm going to be near the mailbox, I'll address a few bills
.... yes, now where is the checkbook? Oops .... there's only one
Where did I put the extra checks?
Oh, there is my empty cup from last night on the desk. I'm going
to look for those checks...BUT FIRST I need to put the cup back in
the kitchen. I head for the kitchen, look out the window, notice
the flowers need a drink of water, I put the cup on the counter
and there's my extra pair of glasses on the kitchen counter. What
are they doing here? I'll just put them away .... BUT FIRST, I
need to water those flowers. I head for the door and .... Aaaagh!
Someone left the TV remote in the
wrong spot. OK, I'll put the remote away and water the
flowers....BUT FIRST, I need to find those checks ....
BY THE END OF THE DAY: The oil in
the car has not been changed, the bills are still unpaid, the cup
is still in the sink, the checkbook still has only one check left,
I've LOST my car keys....and, when I try to figure out how come
nothing got done today, I'm baffled because....I KNOW I WAS BUSY
I realize this condition is
serious....I'd get help....BUT FIRST I think I'll check my e-mail!
By the way, the doctor told me
that this disease is highly contagious and that it can be
transmitted by e-mail. So if you want to avoid AAADD, don't read
this e-mail. (I meant to put this warning at the beginning of the
message but I got distracted.... Sorry....!)
Submitted by Bill,
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About Aging, My Little
A guy offers to buy a
drink for an attractive young woman seated at a bar.
She gives him the green light, so
he goes to the end of the bar and whispers to the bartender to
make up a Martini for her and to put some Spanish-fly in the
drink. The bartender whispers back to say he's all out of
Spanish-fly and all he has left is Jewish-fly.
his shoulders, the guy says, "OK, put some of that in her
As she sips on the drink, she
gets more and more cozy, really warming up to the guy. Finally,
she finishes the drink, leans over and whispers in his ear,
"Let's go shopping."
Submitted by Larry,
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