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November 9, 2013

Veterans honored at St. John's

GOSHEN — Veterans from all branches of the military services were honored Friday at St. John the Evangelist School. The veterans were first recognized and applauded during the 8 a.m. Mass with the student body in attendance and were then invited to the school for a special program in their honor.

Roger Balyak of the Goshen Honor Guard told the students, veterans and other present, “This is one of two-three things we absolutely love to do. I can’t think of any other place I’d like to be except around veterans and church people. You people are special.”

He explained to the students that when a veteran passes and the flag is presented to the family, it has 13 folds.

“The 13 folds are Biblically based—the same religious principles on which this country was formed,” he said.

According to Balyak the first fold represents life, the second eternal life; the third honors the veteran who gave his or her life in the country’s defense. The fourth fold represents our weaker nature and reminds us to trust in God, the fifth fold is a tribute to the country; the sixth fold is where our heart lies because no matter where in the world we may be it is with our heart that we pledge allegiance. The seventh fold is a tribute to the armed forces, the eighth is a tribute to the ones who entered the valley of the shadow of death and also to mothers, the ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood and the tenth is a tribute to fathers who also gave their sons and daughters. The eleventh fold represents loyalty to the seal of Kings David and Solomon in the eyes of Hebrews and the twelfth fold represents and embraces the Trinity—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the eyes of Christians and the last fold when the flag is completed the stars are in the upper corner representing our motto, “In God we Trust.”

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