You Know Our Flag?
to some, the 21-gun salute at military funerals stands for the sum
of the numbers in the year 1776.
honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the American
flag 13 times. According to some, this symbolizes the original 13
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 us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.
flag etiquette prescribes that before an American flag is stored or
presented, its handlers should twice fold it in half lengthwise; then
(from the end opposite the blue field) make a triangular fold, continuing
to fold it in triangles until the other end is reached. This makes
a triangular "pillow" of the flag with only the blue starred
field showing on the outside, and it takes thirteen folds to produce:
two lengthwise folds and eleven triangular ones.
The American flag isn't folded in this manner because each of the
folds has a special symbolic meaning; the flag is folded this way
because it provides a dignified ceremonial touch that distinguishes
folding a flag from folding an ordinary object such as a bed sheet,
and because it results a visually pleasing, easy-to-handle shape.
This thirteen-fold procedure was a common practice long before the
creation of a ceremonial assignation of "religious meaning"
to each of the steps.
An elaborate flag folding ceremony incorporating these meanings has
since been devised for special occasions such as Memorial Day and
Veterans Day. These associations are "real" in the sense
that they mean something to the people who participate in the ceremony,
but they are not the reason why a flag is folded in the traditional
thirteen-step manner. As was the case with the candy cane, an invented
(religious) symbolism has become so widespread that it is now often
mistakenly assumed to have been an integral part of the origins of
the item it is associated with.
out the true and false meanings ascribed to the folding of the American
flag at Snopes.com. -- See The Rebel Flag.
A piece of paper cannot be folded in halves more than seven (7) times?
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