I printed the journalling on vellum and glued it to the white cardstock to allow it to be easily read and to hide the glue spots.
These are pictures of my grandfathers funeral from last year. I finally found a way to pay the tribute I wanted to him. I thought others might find some of the journalling interesting. Forgive for not knowing who wrote it, but I really found the explanations interesting. The rest of the journalling is about my grandfather and the legacy he left our family.
At military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776.
The honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the United States of America Flag 13 times.
The 1st fold of the flag is a symbol of life.
The 2nd fol d is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.
The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the world.
The 4th fold represents the 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 the 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 people's hearts lie. It is with their heart that They 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 its Arm ed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that they protect their country and their flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their republic.
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 has been molded.
The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of their country since they were first born.
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 eyes of a Christian, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.
The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding them of their nations 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 them the rights, privileges and freedoms they enjoy today.
There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future, you'll see flags folded and now you will know why.
Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2006 GMT Views: 610
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Tue, Jun 13, 2006 @ 12:08 PM
Thanks for sharing that. My nephew had a military funeral 2 years ago and this adds so much more depth. It was a beautiful ceremony. That is a beautiful job you have done, a true gift to his decendants.
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Tue, Jun 13, 2006 @ 1:36 PM
Thank you so much for sharing this information and this beautiful tribute to a real american hero. My husbands uncle's funeral was yesterday. He served in the Navy on the USS Colorado and fought in two major battles in the Pacific during the war. He to had a the 21 gun salute and the folding of the flag. In addition Tony Ellis of The Musicians of Braeburn played a piece at the grave site. It was a very moving. Thank you for sharing. I may do a scrap page like this.