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Friendly Ways & Byways – May 19

By Susan Stoneking - | May 19, 2021

Memorial Day. a day not only to remember our armed forces but to remember those who have gone on before us. On Memorial Day I always remember, Billy Dean Thomas, Joseph Light, and John Roberts. As long as I have a memory, I will always remember these brave souls who lost their lives defending our country. My heart to this day still aches for those left behind. This week I would like to tell you

The Meaning of the Flag-Draped Coffin.

What a wonderful lesson this is. I do not recall ever being taught this in school,” The Meaning of the Flag Draped Coffin.”

All Americans should be given this lesson. Those who think that America is an arrogant nation should really reconsider that thought. Our founding fathers used God’s word and teachings to establish our Great Nation and I think it’s high time Americans get re=educated about this Nation’s history.

Please make copies to pass along and be proud of the country we live in, and even more of those who serve to protect our” GOD GIVEN rights and freedoms. I hope you take the time to read this…. To understand what the flag draped coffin really means…..

here is how to understand the flag that laid upon it and is surrendered to so many widows and widowers. Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?

Have you ever noticed that the Honor Guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the United States of America Flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we learn something new every day!

The 1st fold of the Flag is a symbol of life.

The 2nd fold is the symbol of the belief in eternal life.

The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the world.

The 4th fold represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in Got, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of was for His divine guidance.

The 5th fold is a tribute to the country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur: “Our Country” in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, may she always be right, but it is still our country , right or wrong.

The 6th fold is for where people’s hearts lie. It is with their heart that they pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America., and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

The 7th fold is a tribute to The Armed Forces, for it is through the armed Forces that they protect their country and their flag against all enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their republic.

The 8th 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.

The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes , the God of Abrahan, Isaac and Jacob.

The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.

The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded , the stars are uppermost reminding them of their Nation’s motto, “In God We Trust.”

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in The Armed Forces of The United States, preserving for them the rights, privileges and freedom they enjoy today.

There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future, you’ll see flags folded and now you know why.

And Now I say……MAY GOD PROTECT US ALWAYS, ONE NATION,UNDER GOD,WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

My deepest and most heartfelt sympathy is sent to Sherry Dawson and Sandra Shreves and their families with the loss of their brother ,son, uncle and dear friend. Marvin fought the dreaded cancer till the very end and then God sent His angels to carry him home. May you find comfort in God and in all your special memories.

Sympathy is extended also to Roberta Essoff with the passing of her mother. We are praying for you and asking God to be ever so near

My Get Well Wishes are sent to……Ethel Goff, Vickie Bowen, Diane Kinnard, Judy Light, Loretta Underwood, Lorraine Owens, Deanna Brown, Helen Reed, Lois and Larry Spencer, Ron and Shirley Wilkinson, Barb Smith, Lola Bailey, Sharon LeMasters, Terry Starkey, Geneva Cumbridge, Fred Clayton, Bill Williamson, Richard and Paula Carroll, Susan and Wayne Cline, Denzil Jones, Donna and Bernie Johnson, Naomi Jones, Pat Eddy, Carolyn Boston, Frank and Leona Stull, Pam Stanley, Carol and Randy Stout, Bob Boston, C,ampbell Barnhart, Martha Michaels, Alma Banard. Destany Price who is suffering with Covid

My Friendly Hello is sent to………….Mike and Renee Hickman

My Angel Award goes to…………….. Robyn Jones

The thought for the week is………..If you find yourself talking to yourself, don’t worry . There are times you need expert advice.

Through Jesus Christ I Am, Susan