Veterans, under the care of St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care, are asked if they would like a pinning ceremony in honor of their service. This ceremony expresses our gratitude for their service and they are provided with a special pin, a hat, and an American flag that was flown over our nation’s capital. We received 100 American flags destine to honor these special Veterans boxed and unfolded. What plans do you make to get a group together to make sure the flags are folded properly and given the honor they deserves? St. Francis Reflections staff are always thinking and our own Christine Vinson connected the dot to Chad Buck, a leader for the Boy Scouts in Palm Bay. Within 15 minutes the plan had been made, the arrangements to transport and return the flags to the office and rally young scouts to fold them. It is fitting that the young will impact those who went before them. We are grateful to scouts from Pack 726, Ship 172, Troop 285, A4, Troop 323, Troop 4117, Troop 4285, Troop 4373, Troop 520, Troop 525, and Troop 732 from for their commitment and help.
Do you know the Meaning of the Folded Flag?
Meaning behind the 13 folds:
- 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 acknowledgement 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.”
- 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 Mother’s Day.
- The ninth fold is an honor to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty, and devotion that the character of 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, “In God We Trust.”