| The Pledge of
Allegiance to the flag of
the United States of America
to the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation under
with liberty and justice for
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The flag of the United States of America consists
of 13 equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating
with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton bearing 50 small,
white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows
of six stars (top and bottom) alternating with rows of five stars.
The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 U.S. states and the 13
stripes represent the original Thirteen Colonies that rebelled
against the British Crown and became the first states in the
Union. Nicknames for the flag include the stars and stripes, Old
Glory, the American flag, and the star-spangled banner (also the
name of the country's official national anthem).
Because of its
symbolism, the starred blue canton is called the "union". This
part of the national flag can stand alone as a maritime flag
called the Union Jack.
Did you know that at military funerals, the
21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year
Have you ever noticed the honor guard pays meticulous
attention to correctly folding the American Flag 13 times? You
probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but
we learn something new every day!
The first fold is a symbol of life.
fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans
departing our ranks who gave a Portion of their lives for the
defense of our country to attain peace throughout the
The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for 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
sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our hearts
that we pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of
America and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation Under
God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
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 her enemies whether they be found within or without
The boundaries of our Republic.
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
ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers, for it has
been through their faith, their Love, loyalty and devotion that
the characters of the men and women who have made this Country
great have been molded.
tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too has given his
sons and daughters for the Defense of our country since they
were first born.
eleventh fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King
David and King Solomon and Glorifies, in the Hebrews eyes, the
God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
twelfth fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in
the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy
thirteenth fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the
stars are uppermost reminding us Of our nation’s motto, “In God
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 us the rights, privileges, and
freedoms we enjoy today. There are some traditions and ways of
doing things that have important deep meanings. In the future,
when you see flags folded, you will know why. Please share this
symbol of “Liberty and Freedom” with all of you friends and loved
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