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Here's what each fold means when folding an American flag

Did you know that each of the 13 folds have a specific meaning?

ST. LOUIS — If you've ever seen an American flag folded into that tight triangle, you might've wondered why it's done that way.

But did you know that each and every single fold has a special meaning behind it?

At a recent golf event in the St. Louis area benefiting Folds Of Honor, Phil Rudder, a Marine Corps veteran, read what each specific fold means.

  1. The first fold is a symbol of life.
  2. The second fold is a symbol in the belief of eternal life.
  3. The third fold honors and remembers the veterans who have gone before us so that we may enjoy peace, liberty and prosperity.
  4. The fourth fold represents our weaker nature for as Americans trusting in God, it is to Him we turn for divine guidance in times of peace as well as in times of war.
  5. The fifth fold is a tribute to America. In the words of Stephen Decatur: "Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but she is still our country right or wrong."
  6. The sixth fold is for where people's hearts lie. It is with their heart that they pledge allegiance to the flag and the country for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all
  7. The seventh fold is a tribute to our armed forces for it is through our armed forces that we protect our country, against all her enemies, foreign and domestic.
  8. The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered the valley of the shadow of death, that we may see the light of day.
  9. The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood and mothers for it is through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.
  10. The tenth fold is a tribute to our fathers for they too have given their sons and daughters for the defense of our country.
  11. The eleventh fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in the eyes of Hebrews the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
  12. The twelfth fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in Christian eyes, God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
  13. The thirteenth and final fold, when the stars are uppermost, is to remind us of our national motto: "In God We Trust."
Credit: KSDK

To make a difference for the families of fallen and wounded service members, you can round up at the register at Schnucks. The money raised will go toward providing scholarships. The campaign runs through July 4.

This year makes the fifth year for the Folds of Honor campaign sponsored by Schnucks.

Thanks to shoppers who round up at the register, Schnucks has donated more than $4 million and funded 820 educational scholarships for Folds of Honor.

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