Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
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FLAG FOLDING CEREMONY
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FOLD THE FLAG.
We fold to the right as a symbol of life and again to the right as
an emblem of our belief in the eternal life.
We fold to the left for that is where our hearts lie and it is
through our hearts 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.
We fold again to the left representing our weaker nature for we as
Americans trust in God and it is to Him we look for guidance at all
We fold to the right as a symbol of our sword arms for it is with
our swords we protect this flag and its institutions against all
enemies whatsoever, whether they be found within the boundaries of our
nation or without.
We fold again to the right as a tribute to our country. In the
words of the immortal Stephen Decatur, "Our Country, in her intercourse
with other nations may she be right, but, our country, right or wrong."
We fold to the left in tribute to one who entered the Valley of
the Shadow in order that we might find life and this fold is made to
honor mother for whom this flag flies on Mother's Day.
We fold again to the left as a tribute to our womanhood for it has
been through their loyalty, love, and devotion that the characters of
the men who have made this nation great have been molded.
We fold to the right as a tribute to father for he too gave of his
sons to this nation since the days the Republic was born.
We fold from the stripes towards the stars for as the stripes
symbolize the thirteen original colonies that founded our Republic, now
embodies in the fifty sovereign states of the nation so when the flag
is secured the stars cover the stripes.
The flag is now in the shape of a triangle. To the Hebrew
citizen, this represents the lower portion of the Seal of King David
and King Solomon and glorifies in his eyes the God of Abraham, the God
of Isaac and the God of Jacob.
In the eyes of the Christian citizen, this represents the emblem
of eternity and glorifies in his eyes God the Father, God the Son, and
God the Holy Ghost.
When the flag is secured, the stars cover the stripes ever
reminding us of our national motto "In God we Trust" and the shape of
the flag is like that of a cocked hat, again reminding us of the
soldiers who served under General George Washington and the sailors and
marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who, followed by
their comrades and shipmates, in times of peace as well as in times of
war, through their loyalty, love and devotion to this flag and its
institutions have preserved for us American citizens, the rights,
privileges, and freedom we now enjoy.