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Meaning of Flag Draped Coffin
To understand what the flag draped coffin really means...
Here is how to understand the flag that laid upon it and is
surrendered to so many widows and widowers.
Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute
stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?
Have you ever noticed the honor guard pays meticulous 
attention to correctly folding the United States of America
Flag 13 times?? You probably thought it was to symbolize
the original 13 colonies, but we learn something new every day!
The 1st fold of the flag is a symbol of life. 
The 2nd fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life. 
The 3rd fold is 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.
The 4th fold represents the 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 5th fold is a tribute to the country, for in the words of
Decatur, 'Our Country, in dealing with other countries,
may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.'

The 6th fold is for where people's hearts lie.
It is with their heart that they pledge allegiance 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 7th fold is a tribute to its Armed Forces, for it is through
the Armed Forces that they protect their country and their flag
against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without
the boundaries of their republic.
The 8th 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.
The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers.
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 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given
his sons and daughters for the defense of their country since
they were first born.
The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of 
King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes,
the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies,
in the
Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.
The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars
uppermost reminding them of their 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 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 them the rights,
privileges and freedoms they enjoy today.
 In the future, you'll see flags folded and now you will know why.