Meticulous folding of U.S. flag holds meaning

Columnist Charlotte Lankard shares what she learned about how each of the 13 steps in the folding of the U.S. flag has distinct significance.
BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD Published: July 4, 2013
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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.

The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood and mothers. 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 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 the country.

The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in the Hebrew's eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christian's eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

The 13th fold, which completes the folding, shows 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 George Washington, and the sailors and marines who served under 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.