Old Glory The meaning of the 13 folds.

Reblogger
Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 01238708

As most of you know I seldom re-blog a post this is my second post  in three days. If you do not follow Rain Silverhawk  you are missing out. I have known Rain for many years and this post just touched a lot of cords for me hope it does for you as well.

Thank you Rain Silverhawk for this educational and wonderful post 

Original content by Rain Silverhawk AB36782

In response to Junes Active Rain challenge "Ole Glory coast to coast" I am posting a flag from a friends home we sold last year in Priest River Idaho.  Thank you Wendy and Adam, you are thought of often. 

The American Flag is not just a piece of fabric. It is symbolic of the fabric of our society as a nation. An emblem of the freedom we cherish and the pride we carry as a nation in our values and beliefs.  At the end of each is the ceremony of retreat, the daily observance in which military personnel pay respect to the flag, the flag is lowered, folded in a triangle fold and kept under watch throughout the night as a tribute to our nation's honored dead.

 

13 folds

Filled with tradition and meaning

 The flag is folded exactly 13 times in remembrance of the original 13 colonies.  The triangular shape represents the tri-cornered hat worn by the Patriots of the American Revolution. Each color also has a specific meaning.  Red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice.  When folded, no red or white stripes show, leaving only the blue field with stars.  A properly folded flag should have 4 stars pointing up on one side and 6 stars on the other side.

Did you know that each of the 13 folds have a specific meaning?

  1. The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
  2. The second fold signifies our belief in eternal life.
  3. The third fold is made in honor and tribute of the veteran departing our ranks, and who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace.
  4. The fourth fold exemplifies our weaker nature as citizens trusting in God; it is to Him we turn for His divine guidance.
  5. The fifth fold memorializes 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.”
  6. 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.
  7. 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 enemies.
  8. 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 our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.
  9. The ninth fold is an honor to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty, and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.
  10. The 10th fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first-born.
  11. The 11th fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, 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.
  12. The 12th 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 Ghost.
  13. The last fold, when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.”

May ole glory forever fly above your home.

 

 

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Comments (13)

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Endre Barath, Jr. - the folding of the flag is a beautiful story that needs to be told. Thanks for the reblog from Rain Silverhawk.  

Jun 04, 2022 03:12 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

There are going to be some great posts that come from this challenge!  I have scheduled 3 entries myself.

Jun 04, 2022 06:19 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

I appreciate this post.  My uncle just passed away.  He was a Veteran and he has been holding two old flags from veterans in our family that passed while in service during World War Two.  Those two flags have been given to me.  It is an honor and it is nice to know the meaning of the way the flags are presented and folded.

Jun 04, 2022 12:02 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Endre thank you for reblogging this blog or I would have missed it.  I did not know all of this about the 13 folds.

Jun 04, 2022 04:21 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Endre:

What a wonderful post reblog, certainly anytime but especially in light of the June challenge. I had no idea about the 13 folds.

Off to share a comment on Rain's post, too!

Jeff

Jun 04, 2022 04:54 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  I wish this post would have been Featured, if we gave a quiz I bet not everyone would have gotten a perfect score:)Endre

Jun 04, 2022 10:50 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Brian England  not surprised and thank you for your participation, Endre

Jun 04, 2022 10:50 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Ray Henson  please comment on Rain Silverhawk  post let her know what you just told me, Endre

Jun 04, 2022 10:51 PM
Ray Henson

Good morning, Endre Barath, Jr. I just did share my comment with Rain.  We paid our respects to my uncle yesterday.  It was a simple get together.  We laid out pictures of my uncle, mostly of his time in the Navy.  Those that attended were almost shocked to see he was in the military.  You could see a young man filled with hope in the pictures.  It was a good reminder of who he was.  I found his poem (short story) that he wrote about while serving on the USS Independence.  You may see it and more about my uncle in upcoming blogs.  He was never very open about his writing, but I think it needs an audience. 

Jun 05, 2022 07:11 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

George Souto  what a powerful and informative post please comment on Rain Silverhawk original post, Endre

Jun 04, 2022 10:52 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeff Dowler, CRS  indeed what an awesome and educational post, thank you for heading over to her post, Endre

Jun 04, 2022 10:53 PM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID
Owner,Broker

I am glad you re-blogged her post.  We live in opposite ends of the state, so I don't think we have every met in person.  Maybe I will meet her this year at the Idaho Realtor Conference in her area.

Jun 05, 2022 08:11 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Ray Henson  loved your reply back to my comment, yes you need to write more about  your uncle and his writings Endre

Jun 14, 2022 09:07 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jim Paulson  love it three friends on Active Rain and all happen to be  from Idaho, Endre

Jun 14, 2022 09:08 PM
Jim Paulson

Endre Barath, Jr. it sounds like you need to bring your family for a visit then. 

Jun 16, 2022 11:20 AM