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Commander Bud Larson reads what each fold of the flag means as Specialists Stacy Hayes McCane, left, and Dustie Fetters demonstrate how to fold. The group talked to a couple Roosevelt Elementary classes Tuesday.

Learning flag etiquette

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Two soldiers, an auxiliary member and a commander helped teach John Haukebo's students at Roosevelt Elementary School about flag folding.

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Specialists Dustie Fetters and Stacy Hayes McCane, both serving with the 34th Infantry of the Red Bulls out of the Rosemount unit, came to demonstrate proper flag folding, while American Legion Commander Bud Larson told students about flag etiquette, and took questions along with Auxiliary President Diane Hayes.

Larson explained some history of the flag as well, quizzing students on what they knew. He said he has a flag with only 48 stars on it from before Alaska and Hawaii were admitted to the Union.

"It's kind of a treasure," he said of the flag he received from his parents and now hangs in his house on special occasion.

Each fold in the flag has special meaning behind it.

First fold: A symbol of life.

Second fold: A symbol of our belief in eternal life.

Third fold: Made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks and who gave a portion of life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

Fourth fold: Represents our weaker nature; as for American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in times of war for His divine guidance.

Fifth fold: Tribute to our country.

Sixth fold: Where our heart lies -- the pledge of allegiance.

Seventh fold: Tribute to our armed forces.

Eighth fold: Tribute to one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death.

Ninth fold: Tribute to womanhood.

Tenth fold: Tribute to father.

Eleventh fold: Represents the lower portion of the seal of David and King Solomon and glorifies the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, according to Hebrew citizens.

Twelfth fold: Represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies God the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, according to Christians.

When folded, the stars show, reminding us of "In God We Trust."

Students got to take turns making a fold in the flag as well.

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