Do you know that at
Killed-in-the-line-of-duty 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 American 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 our flag is a symbol of life.
The 2nd fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
The 3rd 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 world.
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 time
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 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, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our
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. For it has been
through their faith, their 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 the father, for he, too, has given his
sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first
The 11th 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.
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 us of our nation's 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 us the
rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.
The Johnson County Sheriff's Office is in the
process of organizing a new Honor Guard Unit. More information will