A Better Life

Just some thoughts on my life…and how I am trying to live it better

In God We Trust

Posted by Aaron on August 29, 2010

“Below is the text that is recited by honor guards when folding the American Flag at the funeral of America’s heroes – those who have died in the cause of our country.
The 1st fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
The 2nd fold is a symbol of out believe in the eternal life.
The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks who gave a portion of life for the defense of our country.
The 4th fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in times of war for His divine guidance.
The 5th fold is a tribute to our 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 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.
The 7th 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 her enemies, weather they be found within or without the boundaries of our 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, 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.
The 10th fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.
The 11th fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen, 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.
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 the Holy Spirit.
When the Flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, ‘In God We Trust.’”

A couple of weeks ago I used the above for the opening of our “Welcome Back” Pack meeting – the 1st pack meeting of the new school year. I found it by chance over the summer in the July issue of The Magnificat. I thought that it was something good to teach even our very young children of the pride and gratitude we have in our veterans.

To watch an honor guard fold the flag with precision and care at the end of a graveside service is extremely impressive and emotional for me. I it is such a wonderful way for our country to show it’s gratitude for the service and sacrifice he or she has given for us as a whole country.

As we are winding down our war in Iraq and attempting to finish another in Afghanistan, we must recognize the total sacrifice that each of our solders, marines, airmen and sailors give for the rest of us and our freedoms. Weather each one who puts on the uniform of our country actually gives their life or not, they each are willing to put their lives in harms way and protect our beloved country for the rest of our freedom as Americans. It is important to recognize this, and each time I meet a veteran I always attempt to shake their hand and thank them for their service to us, and our country. I also try to teach my children the history of our country, and the honor, respect and gratitude these people deserve from us as Americans.

I am very proud of being an American, as it says above, “right or wrong,” the U.S. of A. is still my country!

Have a Blessed and Patriotic week, and say “Thank You” to someone who has helped to defend our freedom!


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