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The TRUE meaning behind the folding if the American Flag -

Have you ever wondered why the flag of the United States of America is folded 13 times when it is lowered or when it is folded and handed to the widow at the burial of a veteran?

Here is the meaning of each of those folds and what it means to you.

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

The 'second 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 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 time 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 stands, 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 her 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 mother, for whom it flies on Mother's Day.

The 'ninth fold' is a tribute to womanhood; 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 has been molded.

The '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.

The 'eleventh 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 'twelfth fold', in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.

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 next time you see a flag ceremony honoring someone that has served our country, either in the Armed Forces or in our civilian services such as the Police Force or Fire Department, keep in mind all the important reasons behind each and every movement. They have paid the ultimate sacrifice for all of us by honoring our flag and our Country.

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God Bless The USA
by Lee Greenwood

If tomorrow all the things were gone,
I'd worked for all my life.
And I had to start again,
with just my children and my wife.

I'd thank my lucky stars,
to be livin here today.
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom,
and they can't take that away.

And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

From the lakes of Minnesota,
to the hills of Tennessee.
Across the plains of Texas,
From sea to shining sea.

From Detroit down to Houston,
and New York to L.A.
Well there's pride in every American heart,
and its time we stand and say.

That I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

And I'm proud to be and American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

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God bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home
God bless America, My home sweet home.

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“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”
--Harry S. Truman

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“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”
--Harry S. Truman
Well said..!!

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Linda A. Racaniello
HONORING THE MILITARY

I cant let another day go by
I want to thank the military
All those whove gone to war
I want you to know I appreciate
That you fight on foreign shores

I see the children that you save
On TV and in the news
I watch the people that you aid
In this war-torn world
Where everyones afraid

You act fearless, though I know youre scared
You act courageous, because you can
You miss your family and your friends
We wish you could come home
Before the war ends

You keep the American flag flying high
As you grasp the tiny hand of motherless child
Those roadside bombs that detonate
kill men, women and children everyday
Wish we could make love instead of hate

I honor the military in all its forms
For watching over us around the world
I bless you today and every day
As you battle to keep peace upon earth
It is for you, on this day I do pray

Copyright June 2008 by Linda A. Racaniello

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One Days Notice - Coming Home - Military Tribute

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Force Majeure wrote:
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“Truman left office in 1953. Shortly thereafter the United Snakes started to build on fear and it's been going on ever since:
Fear of Communism
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America the Beautiful

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for halcyon skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the enameled plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till souls wax fair as earth and air
And music-hearted sea!

O beautiful for pilgrims feet,
Whose stem impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till paths be wrought through
wilds of thought
By pilgrim foot and knee!

O beautiful for glory-tale
Of liberating strife
When once and twice,
for man's avail
Men lavished precious life!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till selfish gain no longer stain
The banner of the free!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till nobler men keep once again
Thy whiter jubilee

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Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue

American girls and American guys, will always stand up and salute.
We'll always recognize, when we see ol' glory flying,
There's a lot of men dead,
So we can sleep in peace at night when we lay down our heads.
My daddy served in the army where he lost his right eye,
But he flew a flag out in our yard 'til the day that he died.
He wanted my mother, my brother, my sister and me.
To grow up and live happy in the land of the free.

Now this nation that I love is fallin' under attack.
A mighty sucker-punch came flying in from somewhere in the back.
Soon as we could see clearly through our big black eye,
Man, we lit up your world like the fourth of July.

Hey, Uncle Sam put your name at the top of his list,
And the Statue of Liberty started shaking her fist.
And the eagle will fly and it's gonna be hell,
When you hear Mother Freedom start ringing her bell.
And it'll feel like the whole wide world is raining down on you.
Ah, brought to you, courtesy of the red, white and blue.

Oh, justice will be served and the battle will rage:
This big dog will fight when you rattle his cage.
An' you'll be sorry that you messed with the U.S. of A.
'Cos we'll put a boot in your ass, it's the American way.

Hey, Uncle Sam put your name at the top of his list,
And the Statue of Liberty started shaking her fist.
And the eagle will fly and it's gonna be hell,
When you hear Mother Freedom start ringing her bell.
And it'll feel like the whole wide world is raining down on you.
Ah, brought to you, courtesy of the red, white and blue.

Oh, oh.
Of the red, white and blue.
Oh, hey, oh.
Of my Red, White and Blue.

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Congressional Medal of Honor recipient

ALBEE, GEORGE E.
Rank: First Lieutenant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company:
Division: 41st U.S. Infantry
Born: Lisbon, N.H.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Owatonna, Minn.
G.O. Number:
Date of Issue:
Accredited To:
Place / Date: At Brazos River, Tex., 28 October 1869



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Attacked with 2 men a force of 11 Indians, drove them from the hills, and reconnoitered the country beyond.

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ALBER, FREDERICK
Rank: Private
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company A
Division: 17th Michigan Infantry
Born: 1838, Germany
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Manchester, Mich.
G.O. Number:
Date of Issue: 07/30/1896
Accredited To:
Place / Date: At Spotsylvania, Va., 12 May 1864

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Bravely rescued Lt. Charles H. Todd of his regiment who had been captured by a party of Confederates by shooting down one, knocking over another with the butt of his musket, and taking them both prisoners.

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ALBERT, CHRISTIAN
Rank: Private
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company G
Division: 47th Ohio Infantry
Born: Cincinnati, Ohio
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At:
G.O. Number:
Date of Issue: 08/10/1895
Accredited To:
Place / Date: At Vicksburg, Miss., 22 May 1863

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Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."

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ALCHESAY, WILLIAM
Rank: Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
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Division: Indian Scouts
Born: 1853, Arizona Territory
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Camp Verde, Ariz.
G.O. Number:
Date of Issue:
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Winter of 1872-73

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Gallant conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches.

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ALLEN, ABNER P.
Rank: Corporal
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company K
Division: 39th Illinois Infantry
Born: Woodford County, Ill.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Bloomington, Ill.
G.O. Number:
Date of Issue: 05/12/1865
Accredited To:
Place / Date: At Petersburg, Va., 2 April 1865

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Rank and organization: Corporal, Company K, 39th Illinois Infantry. Place and date: At Petersburg, Va., 2 April 1865. Entered service at: Bloomington, Ill. Birth: Woodford County, Ill. Date of issue: 12 May 1865. Citation: Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."

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ALLEN, EDWARD
Rank: Boatswain's Mate First Class
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 4 December 1859, Amsterdam, Holland
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At:
G.O. Number: 55
Date of Issue:
Accredited To: New York
Place / Date:

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Fighting with the relief expedition of the Allied forces on 13, 20, 21, and 22 June 1900, Allen distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

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Thank you troops! Thanks for our freedom.
Freedom. Freedom of religion. Freedom to speak their mind. Freedom to build a life. And yes, freedom to build a business. With their own hands. This is the essence of the American experience.

Mitt Romney

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Linda A. Racaniello
IF I EVER GO TO WAR

If I ever go to war, Dad, I know that youll be strong
but you dont have to worry,cause you taught me right from wrong
you kept me firmly on the ground, yet still taught me how to fly
Your sons a marine now, dad; I love you, Semper FI!

If I ever go to war, brother, there are some things I want to say
Youve always had my back, and I know its time to repay
Youll always be my daybreak, through all of lifes dark clouds
Your brothers a marine now, brother I promise to make you proud

If I ever go to war, my friends, well never be apart
thought we may not meet again, Ill hold you in my heart
Remembering the times we shared, dont let your memories cease
Your friends a marine now, dear friend Ill die to bring you peace

And when I go to heaven, and I see that pearly gate
Ill gladly decline entrance, then stand by my post and wait
Im sorry sir I cannot come in, Im in sort of a bind
You see Im still a marine sir, so I cant leave a man behind.

Copyright 2006 by Linda A. Racaniello

Authors Note: This poem was a Gold Trophy winner in an AllPoetry.com contest

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military tribute: Slipped Away- Avril Lavigne

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Thinking about all y'all! Continued Thanks.

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