Eternity Matters: THE FLAG FOLDS RUN DEEP!

By Norma Shull Smith

I watched the video clip this month bringing Sgt. Josh Rodgers who died serving our country in Afghanistan, back to his hometown. The casket was draped with the American Flag. The hero that lies silent was only 22 years old. The wind kicked up and furled the flag away from the casket, and with great precision soldiers standing at attention, honorably put it back in place. The closest of kin will be presented that flag at graveside, as it is carefully folded with dignity.
Flag Day is June 14th each year in America and with the lack of respect being accepted throughout our society concerning the flag that has covered countless caskets, I felt it was time to address the meaning of each fold. Even the flag symbolizes Eternity. It matters! After reading the meaning, read Psalm 33:12-22.

A symbol of life.
A symbol of our belief in eternal life.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it has the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under Gen. George Washington and the sailors and Marines who served under Capt. John Paul Jones and were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the U.S. Armed Forces, preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.

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