Our Flag - USA


Flag Day (June 14)

What we know fondly as the "Stars and Stripes" was adopted by the Continental Congress as the official American flag on June 14, 1777, in the midst of the Revolutionary War. Colonial troops fought under many different flags with various symbols and slogans -- rattlesnakes, pine trees, and eagles; "Don't Tread on Me," "Liberty or Death," and "Conquer or Die," to name a few. The first flag had 13 stars on a blue field and 13 alternating red and white stripes for the 13 original colonies. Now there are 50 stars, one for each state in the Union, but the 13 stripes remain. Flag Day was first celebrated in 1877, on the flag's 100th birthday.

Meaning of Flag Folding Ceremony

The flag folding ceremony represents the same religious principles on which our great country was originally founded.

The portion of the flag denoting honor is the canton of blue containing the stars representing states our veterans served in uniform. The canton field of blue dresses from left to right and is inverted only when draped as a pall on the casket of a veteran who has served our country honorably in uniform.

In the Armed Forces of the United States, at the ceremony of retreat, the flag is lowered, folded in a triangle fold and kept under watch throughout the night as a tribute to our nation’s honored dead. The next morning it is brought out and, at the ceremony of reveille, run aloft as a symbol of our belief in the resurrection of the body.

 The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

The second fold is a symbol of our belief in the eternal life.

The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks and who gave a portion of life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

The fourth 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 fifth 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 sixth 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 stand, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

The seventh 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 enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

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, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.

The ninth 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 tenth fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first born.

The eleventh fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, 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.



To Those Who Want To Burn the Flag
Just ask permission….

Does the first Amendment gives us the right to desecrate the American flag?
Or is the flag a sacred symbol of our nation, deserving protection by law?

Tough call?

"The Solution"

For those who want to light Old Glory on fire, stomp all
over it, or spit on it to make some sort of "statement,"

I say let them do it.

But under one condition: they MUST get permission from three sponsors.

First, you need permission of a war veteran. Perhaps a Marine who fought at Iwo Jima?

The American flag was raised over Mount Surabachi upon the
bodies of thousands of dead buddies.

Each night spent on Iwo meant half of everyone you knew would be dead tomorrow, a coin flip away from a bloody end upon a patch of sand your mother couldn't find on a map.

Or maybe ask a Vietnam vet who spent years tortured in a
small, filthy cell unfit for a dog. Or a Korean War soldier who helped rescue half a nation from Communism, or a Desert Storm warrior who repulsed a bloody dictator from raping and pillaging an innocent country.

That flag represented your mother and father, your sister
and brother, your friends, neighbors, and everyone at home.

I wonder what they would say if someone asked them
permission to burn the American flag?

Next, you need a signature from an immigrant. Their brothers
and sisters may still languish in their native land, often under
tyranny, poverty and misery.
Or maybe they died on the way here, never to touch our shores.

Some have seen friends and family get tortured and murdered by their own government for daring to do things we take for granted every day.

For those who risked everything simply for the chance to become an American ... what kind of feelings do they have for the flag when they Pledge Allegiance the first time?
Go to a naturalization ceremony and see for yourself, the tears of
pride, the thanks, the love and respect of this nation, as
they finally embrace the American flag as their own.
Ask one of them if it would be OK to tear up the flag.

Last, you should get the signature of a mother. Not just any mother.
You need a mother of someone who gave their life for America.

It doesn't even have to be from a war.

It could be a cop. Or a fireman.
Maybe a Secret Service or NSA agent. Then again, it could be a
common foot soldier as well.
When that son or daughter is laid to rest, their family is
given one gift by the American people; an American flag.
Go on. I dare you. Ask that mother to spit on her flag.

I wonder what the founding fathers thought of the American
flag as they drafted the Declaration of Independence? They knew this act would drag young America into war with England, the greatest power on earth. They also knew failure meant more than just a disappointment.

It meant a noose snugly stretched around their necks.

But they needed a symbol, something to inspire the new nation.

Something to represent the seriousness, the purpose and conviction that we held our new idea of individual freedom.
Something worth living for. Something worth dying for.

I wonder how they'd feel if someone asked them permission to
toss their flag in a mud puddle?

Away from family, away from the precious shores of home, in
the face of overwhelming odds and often in the face of death, the
American flag inspires those who believe in the American dream, the American promise, the American vision...

Americans who don't appreciate the flag don't appreciate this nation.
And those who appreciate this nation appreciate the American flag.
Those who fought, fought for that flag.
Those who died, died for that flag.
And those who love America love that flag. And defend it.

So if you want to desecrate the American flag, before you
spit on it or before you burn it ...
I have a simple request. Just ask permission. Not
from the Constitution. Not from some obscure law. Not from
the politicians or the pundits.
Instead, ask those who defended our nation so that we may be free today.
Ask those who struggled to reach our shores so that they may join us in the American dream. And ask those who clutch a flag in place of their sacrificed sons and daughters, given to this nation so that others may be free.

For we cannot ask permission from those who died wishing they could,just once ... or once again ... see, touch or kiss the flag that stands for our nation, the United States of America ...







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