Flag folding tradition banned at military burials

Once again, fear of the litigious culture lurking within the US has caused the termination of a significant tradition. The VA’s National Cemetery Administration has banned the recitation of the 13 folds of the US flag at military burials because of a single complaint over religious content. The tradition involves reciting the importance of every fold of the flag as it is presented to the families of those being laid to rest. Unfortunately, someone took issue with the 11th fold which honors Jewish veterans. Rather than taking a stand against intolerance – at the risk of facing a lawsuit – the government will no longer allow the recitation at any of the 125 national cemeteries.

Although the tradition is not part of the US Flag Code, it has been an optional ceremony favored by many veterans and their families. The fact that it has been banned is simply disgraceful and disrespectful.

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