Flag Case

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Project by Mark Emerson posted 05-12-2011 03:39 AM 1596 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When my father-in-law passed away I thought of doing something special for my wife, something that involved the burial flag presented to her at father’s funeral. This is what I came up with and she absolutely loved it.

The case is made of African Blood Wood and the two pillars are made of Walnut. 18 of the 21 shell casings are polished, coated, and set with a black felt powder coating in the background. The other three casings are in the fold of the flag. The pictures are from his days in the Air Force, taking alongside his wife on the day they were married. The plane in the picture is the one he worked on in the Air Force. The pictures are set about 1/4 inch from the back and the background is also coated with powdered felt along with the individual 1/4” raised parts that the pictures are affixed too. The flag, casings, and pictures are viewed through 1/4” Plexiglas.

-- Mark, Pueblo, CO. >>> A few pieces of wood and an Idea is all it takes to get me in trouble :)

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#1 posted 05-12-2011 05:20 AM

Vary nice Flag Case. Years ago I built one and on the back I put the following:


The 21 gun salute at military funerals stands for the sum of the numbers in the year – 1776

The honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the American flag 13 times:

1st fold is a symbol of life.

2nd fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

4th fold represents our 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.

5th fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decaur, “Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong”.

6th fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and the Republic for which it stands, on Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

7th fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the 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.

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.

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 men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrew’ eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians’ eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation’s 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 the Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who we were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#2 posted 05-12-2011 05:36 AM

Ron said it so well. Hug your wife and thank her for her fathers service. Nicely done.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#3 posted 05-12-2011 01:12 PM

Well done! That is a great design and selection of woods you used. You did a great thing!

-- christopheralan

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#4 posted 05-12-2011 04:48 PM

Great job! It turned out really nice. Nice tribute to your father-in-law.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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