Flag Draped Coffin

13 Flag Folds 

Flag Ceremony & Meaning

The flag in the United States Armed Forces symbolizes honor and respect for veterans who have served. It is draped over the casket at the funeral, then folded and kept under watch throughout the night.  In the morning,  it is flown high as a symbol of belief in the resurrection of the body.   

The 13 folds of the flag are believed, by some, to be representative of the 13 original colonies.

The flag-folding ceremony represents the same religious principles on which our great country was originally founded.

 After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever 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 freedoms they enjoy today.