Patrick McCaffrey

The Foundation & Affiliated Projects

The Foundation Has Moved to Long Beach, CA

To understand what the flag draped coffin
really means

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 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 a 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 God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war 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; 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 its Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed
Forces that they protect! Their country and their flag against all her 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, for he, too, has given his sons and
daughters for the defense of their 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 Abraham, 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 nations motto, "In God We Trust."

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.

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

Share this with the children you love and all others who love what is
referred to, the symbol of
"Liberty and Freedom."

"The sun rises but once each day”—maybe… so is life.

Never take it for granted
compel yourself to live each moment to it's fullest capacity.

Richard F. Sternath  

Northern Quang Tri Province,
Republic of Vietnam, 1969
Patrick McCaffrey coming Home for the fourth of July 2004
Marcy Orosco
Paul Hoffman
Michael Murray:

Contact our Board Members
Nadia McCaffrey:
© 2006-2007-2014, Nadia McCaffrey, the Patrick McCaffrey Foundation &  the villages, all rights reserved ©
Formed in 2006-2007, the organization is a peace based organization for
members of the military who have served in the war, we are focusing on the Iraq & Afghanistan conflicts, however, this foundation is to help all war veterans . We believe the best way to support our troops is to bring
them home now and take care of them when they get here.


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