If youБve attended a funeral honoring a veteran who served our country, perhaps you witnessed the folding of the flag that once covered the casket of a loved one. Each of the 13 folds of the flag holds great significance. At the ceremony of retreat, a daily observance at bases during which all personnel pay respect to the flag, Бthe flag is lowered, folded in a triangle fold and kept under watch throughout the night as a tribute to our nationБs honored dead. The next morning, it is brought out and, at the ceremony of reveille, run aloft as a symbol of our belief in the resurrection of the body. Б
The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life. The second fold signifies our belief in eternal life. The third fold is made in honor and tribute 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. The fourth fold exemplifies our weaker nature as citizens trusting in God; it is to Him we turn for His divine guidance. The fifth fold is an acknowledgment to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, БOur country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong. Б 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. 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 MotherБs Day. The ninth fold is an honor 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. The last fold, when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, БIn God We Trust. Б Click to watch an Honor Guard Team demonstration of proper flag folding. For more information click. he United States has a rich history that includes a fight for freedom and independence and exploration from north to south and east to west. Learning about American history often includes learning about the symbols that stand for the United States and famous landmarks across the country.
Your social studies class might have lessons about symbols such as the American flag, the bald eagle, and even the Liberty Bell. As such we honor Symbols today, it just sits on display. The Lincoln Memorial is located on the National Mall. The Lincoln Memorial has 36 columns, which symbolize the number of states that the country had when Abraham Lincoln died. Mount Rushmore is near Rapid City, South Dakota. These rock carvings were finished in 1941, and they include the faces of presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. The National Mall is in the center of Washington, DC, between the Capitol and the Potomac River. Many different memorials and monuments are located on the National Mall, including the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. Americans say the words of the Pledge of Allegiance to promise their loyalty to America. The pledge was written in 1892 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America. In 1870, a French sculptor named Frederic Auguste Bartholdi began drawing the first pictures of what the Statue of Liberty would look like. The Statue of Liberty was completed in 1884 and given to the United States by France. Francis Scott Key wrote the words to \”The Star-Spangled Banner. \” The song became the national anthem of the United States in 1931.
Honoring those who gave their lives to defend our freedom is important. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia is a tribute to service members who were killed in battle but could not be identified. Sentinels stand guard at all times at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. \”Uncle Sam\” is a nickname for the United States that soldiers came up with during the War of 1812. Decades later, a cartoonist created a picture of Uncle Sam with a white beard and a top hat. The United States flag is a symbol of the country. A law passed in 1777 outlined the stripes and stars that would represent America. The 13 stripes on the flag represent the original 13 colonies, and there\’s a star to represent each state. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors all of those who served in the Vietnam War. Anyone who fought in this war, whether living or dead, has their name on this memorial. It took 37 years to build the Washington Monument to honor President George Washington. This monument was dedicated in 1885. The White House in Washington, DC, is the place where the president of the United States lives and works. Many people work in this building as part of the Executive Branch of the United States government. World War II veterans are honored with the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. This memorial was dedicated in 2004 after construction began in 2001.