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Stars and Stripes Folding ceremony
THE THIRTEEN FOLDS
The First Fold; This fold of Old Glory symbolizes life.
The Second Fold; A belief in an eternal life is the reason for this crease.
The Third Fold; This third triangle commemorates veterans who gave a portion of stheir lives for the defence of this country and to promote peace throughout the world.
The Fourth Fold; In acknowledging the weaker nature of humanity, this crease in the nations colors signifies a trust in the Almighty for guidance in peace and war.
The Fifth Fold; As Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr. once stated, "Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong." This fold is a tribute to the United States.
The Sixth Fold; This triangle of the nation's flag is symbolic of where our hearts lie in relation to our sense of allegiance to the country.
The Seventh Fold; It is because of the Armed Forces that this nation - and its flag - are protected from her enemies. This seventh mark of honor pays tribute to service members.
The Eighth Fold; Psalm 23:4 is at the heart of this fold as it symbolizes that the departed veteran has entered the valley of the shadow of death and that he or she will see the eternal light.
The Ninth Fold; This bend in the nation's banner honors the faith,love, and devotion of all women and mothers.
The Tenth Fold; This fold is for the fathers whose sons and daughters who have served this country.
The Eleventh Fold; Of Old Testament and Judaic origin, this fold represents the lower portion of the seal of KIng David and King Solomon and glorifies the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The Twelfth Fold; This fold of the Stars & Stripes represents for Christians the eternity of God the Father, the Son and the holy Spirit.
The Thirteenth Fold; This final fold of the flag leaves the stars pointed upwards as a reminder of the nation's motto, "In God We Trust."