This is essentially breaking news, it is so outrageous that blood was boiling last evening when it was revealed. The efforts to remove any vestige or mention of God from America has now made it’s way to the funerals of American Veterans.
Last evening at the Restoring Our Heritage Annual Fall Banquet, Keynote Speaker Rees Lloyd, former ACLU attorney and Commander of the American Legion District 21, revealed that a directive was just handed down last week that the FLAG FOLDING CEREMONY at funerals honoring military veterans will be BANNED IMMEDIATELY.
Yes, the Separation of Church and State Zealots at the ACLU, who work tirelessly to abolish our First Amendment Right to free exercize, have struck again. This time, they have successfully argued to have the Stars and Stripes Folding Ceremony banned at all 22 United States National Cemetaries as of last week, according to Lloyd. The directive, which comes down through the Executive and mandated by the Department of Veteran Affairs – directs that the Flag Folding Ceremony must be immediately ceased at all funerals at National Cemeteries.
Because the Second, Eleventh and Twelfth Fold have been deemed a breach of the “Separation Clause” of the First Amendment. It is charged that they advocate the Christian Religion according to the complaints filed by the ACLU to the Department of Veterans Affairs. As a result of the complaint – a directive has been handed down to immediately ban the Tradition that the American Legion and Military Honor Guards perform at funerals of military veterans.
This ceremony has been a tradition of American Veterans. If you never knew what the Folding Ceremony represented, these are the the 12 Folds and what they represent. Again, the objection is on the Second, Eleventh and Twelfth folds.
The Stars and Stripes Folding Ceremony:
The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
The second fold is a symbol or our belief in the eternal life.
The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks who gave a portion of his 1ife for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world not to have been in vain and shall never be forgotten.
The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to him we turn to in the times of peace as well as in the time of war for his divine guidance.
The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of the immortal 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 where our hearts lie – and it is with our hearts that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and the Republic for which it stands, once nation under God indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
The seventh fold is a tribute to our armed forces, for it is these same armed forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.
The eighth fold is a tribute to the One who entered on the valley of the shadow of death that we see the light of day, and this fold is made to honor Mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.
The ninth fold is a tribute to our womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love and loyalty and devotion that the characters of the men that have made this country great have been molded.
The tenth fold is a tribute to Father, for he too has given of his sons for the defense of our country, since she was first born.
We fold from the stripes toward the stars, for whereas the stripes represent the thirteen original colonies that founded our republic, and they are embodied in the fifty sovereign states represented by the stars, so that the stars cover the stripes.
The eleventh fold for in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen, this represents the lower portion of the Seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.
The twelfth fold in the eyes of a Christian citizen, this represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies in their eyes God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost.
When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, which reminds us of our national motto, “In God We Trust”.
I cannot think of a final greater insult to our honored Servicemen outside of spitting on the caskets themselves. The men and women who sacrificed to serve this great nation, deserve the honor and tradition we bestow upon our vets for their service at the time of their final resting.
I shouted out during this revelation last evening, “To hell with the ACLU – do it ANYWAY!”
He assured all of us that he and the American Legion were working to make sure that this revered tradition does not end up in the trash bin of American Heritage like School Prayer and Commandment Memorials have.
The American People need to support the American Legion, Rees Lloyd, Restoring Our Heritage and other groups now in full combat mode to preserve yet another American Tradition and aspect of our Christian Heritage from being taken away from us and abolished.
This situation is just developing, and I will keep you posted as information comes my way.
Christian Americans, where are you? The time to stand for our Vets and our Christian Heritage IS NOW – or once they abolish this ceremony – the next target is getting rid of the crosses and Stars of David at all National Cemeteries.
If you think that will never happen, it is already being argued for by the same anti-God movement that has banned much of our revered American Christian Traditions and this Folding Ceremony.
The time to stand is now, or we lose it forever, along with the rest of our republic.