Do you know the whole story about each fold of the American flag?
Every time honor guards fold an American Flag; it’s is a symbolic moment.
It takes 13 folds to complete. And Veterans who served in the Armed Forces have a list of its meaning.
1st fold – is a symbol of life.
2nd fold – is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.
3rd fold – to remember veterans who served in the United States armed forces
4th fold – American citizens trusting in God in times of peace and in times of war.
5th fold – a tribute to the United States
6th fold – symbolize the Pledge of Allegiance
7th fold – a tribute to the Armed Forces
8th fold – a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.
9th fold – a tribute to womanhood, and mothers
10th fold – a tribute to the fathers
11th fold – represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Soloman
12th fold – represents the holy trinity
13th fold – the Nation’s motto, ‘In God We Trust.’
For a full description of each fold, please visit the American Legion website .