Memorial Day Reflection by Tara Cammarata



Memorial Day is a day of reflection and remembrance of those who died while serving in the United States military. These individuals are heroes and have made the ultimate sacrifice.
 
A military burial flag is a gift to the family of the deceased veteran as a symbol of the honor earned, and sacrifice made, in battle while serving America.
 
The 12 folds of the "military burial flag" each have their own significant meaning. The source and the date of origin of this Flag Folding Procedure is unknown, however some sources attribute it to the Gold Star Mothers of America while others to an Air Force Chaplain stationed at the United States Air Force Academy.
 
Here are the Symbols for the Folds of the Flag as we remember these heroes:
 
"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 veteran departing our ranks, and who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.
 
The fourth fold represents our weaker nature; 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 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 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 10th 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 11th 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.
 
The 12th 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 Ghost.
 
When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.”"
 
In closing, after the flag is folded it is presented to the next of kin. If you have ever received a military burial flag then you have heard these words "As a representative of the United States service branch, it is my high privilege to present to you this flag. Let it be a symbol of the appreciation this nation feels for the distinguished service rendered to our country, and to our flag by your loved one."
 
I received this gift when my father, Joseph Kino DeLotto, passed away. He served as a Marine. It is important for us to reflect and remember.
 
I appreciate you allowing me the honor of sharing this Memorial Day refection with each of you.
 
 
Source: https://www.legion.org/flag/folding 


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