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Meaning of a Flag Draped Coffin

All Americans should be given
this lesson. Those who think that America is an arrogant
nation should really reconsider that thought. Our
founding fathers used God's word and
teachings to establish our Great Nation and I think
it's high time Americans get re-educated about
this Nation's history.

I hope youtake the time to read this ... To understand
what the flag drapedcoffin really means ...
Hereis 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 asymbol of the belief in eternal life.

The3rd 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 toHim 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 Stephen 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 to the Republic for which it
stands, one
Nation under God, indivisible, with Libertyand Justice forall.
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.
Forit 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
hissons and daughters for
the defense of their country since they were first born.

The 11th foldrepresents the lower
portion of the seal of King David and
King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes,
the God ofAbraham, 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 are 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.

There are some traditions and ways of
doing things that have deep meaning.

In the future, you'll see flags
folded and now you will know why.

Share this with the children you
love and all others who love what is referred to, the
symbol of 'Libertyand Freedom'.

MAYBE THE SUPREME COURT SHOULD READ
THIS EXPLANATION BEFORE THEY RENDER THEIR DECISION ON THE
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. FORWARD IT; MAYBE SOMEONE WITH
THE NECESSARY POWER, OR POLITICAL AND FINANCIAL INFLUENCE,
WILL GET IT TO THEM.

IN THE MEANTIME, MAY GOD PROTECT US ALWAYS.
ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, WITH LIBERTYAND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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Heli_Splatter

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Not a 21 Gun Salute...

The three-volley salute is a ceremonial act performed at military funerals and sometimes also police funerals. The custom originates from the European dynastic wars, where the fighting ceased so the dead and wounded could be removed. Then, three shots were fired into the air to signal that the battle could resume.

It should not be confused with the 21-gun salute (or 19-gun or 17-gun, etc.) which is fired by a battery of artillery pieces. From; Wikipedia

I also know this from attending my uncle's funeral at Arlington National Cemetery. 21 gun salute reserved for commander in chief.

Sorry, our founding fathers created a nation independent of religion.
Our founding fathers used God's word and teachings to establish our Great Nation and I think it's high time Americans get re-educated about this Nation's history.

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1helimech

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Sorry, our founding fathers created a nation independent of religion.
Yes Helisplatter they did as there is no one denomination set forth by our constitution BUT recognizes we are ALL under God...And subject to his law, the ultimate law by the way ....

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1helimech

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What is the origin of the 21-gun salute?

The use of gun salutes for military occasions is traced to early warriors who demonstrated their peaceful intentions by placing their weapons in a position that rendered them ineffective. Apparently this custom was universal, with the specific act varying with time and place, depending on the weapons being used. A North African tribe, for example, trailed the points of their spears on the ground to indicate that they did not mean to be hostile.

The tradition of rendering a salute by cannon originated in the 14th century as firearms and cannons came into use. Since these early devices contained only one projectile, discharging them once rendered them ineffective. Originally warships fired seven-gun salutes--the number seven probably selected because of its astrological and Biblical significance. Seven planets had been identified and the phases of the moon changed every seven days. The Bible states that God rested on the seventh day after Creation, that every seventh year was sabbatical and that the seven times seventh year ushered in the Jubilee year.

Land batteries, having a greater supply of gunpowder, were able to fire three guns for every shot fired afloat, hence the salute by shore batteries was 21 guns. The multiple of three probably was chosen because of the mystical significance of the number three in many ancient civilizations. Early gunpowder, composed mainly of sodium nitrate, spoiled easily at sea, but could be kept cooler and drier in land magazines. When potassium nitrate improved the quality of gunpowder, ships at sea adopted the salute of 21 guns.

The 21-gun salute became the highest honor a nation rendered. Varying customs among the maritime powers led to confusion in saluting and return of salutes. Great Britain, the world's preeminent seapower in the 18th and 19th centuries, compelled weaker nations to salute first, and for a time monarchies received more guns than did republics. Eventually, by agreement, the international salute was established at 21 guns, although the United States did not agree on this procedure until August 1875.

The gun salute system of the United States has changed considerably over the years. In 1810, the "national salute" was defined by the War Department as equal to the number of states in the Union--at that time 17. This salute was fired by all U.S. military installations at 1:00 p.m. (later at noon) on Independence Day. The President also received a salute equal to the number of states whenever he visited a military installation.

In 1842, the Presidential salute was formally established at 21 guns. In 1890, regulations designated the "national salute" as 21 guns and redesignated the traditional Independence Day salute, the "Salute to the Union," equal to the number of states. Fifty guns are also fired on all military installations equipped to do so at the close of the day of the funeral of a President, ex-President, or President-elect.

Today the national salute of 21 guns is fired in honor of a national flag, the sovereign or chief of state of a foreign nation, a member of a reigning royal family, and the President, ex-President and President-elect of the United States. It is also fired at noon of the day of the funeral of a President, ex-President, or President-elect.

Gun salutes are also rendered to other military and civilian leaders of this and other nations. The number of guns is based on their protocol rank. These salutes are always in odd numbers.

Source: Headquarters, Military District of Washington, FACT SHEET: GUN SALUTES, May 1969.
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