Children learn about the American flag
Billy May raising a new American Flag at ( Cashion High All
New American Flags are Donated by Woodmen of The

Folds of the flag
Students from elementary to high school learn the proper way to
fold a flag during demonstrations. There are 13 folds, which
represent the original 13 colonies. The folds represent:

Belief of eternal life
Honor and remembrance of veterans
“Our weaker nature” and need for God
Tribute to country
Where the heart lies, as stated in the pledge
Tribute to Armed Forces
Tribute to those who died
Tribute to womanhood and mothers
Tribute to fathers
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
Emblem of eternity, glorifying the Trinity.
The final fold, in which the stars “are uppermost, reminding us of
our nation’s motto,
‘In God We Trust.’

CASHION, Oklahoma -- A special ceremony in Cashion Thursday honored a fallen
Oklahoma hero.

Cashion High School graduate, 20-year-old Marine Lance Corporal Jonathan
Stroud was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan in July.

Stroud joined the Marines after high school, and on Thursday, Stroud's Alma
Mater honored him with a flag ceremony. Two flags were presented, one for a
school honoring their former student and the other for a family who paid the
ultimate sacrifice.

"It's so honorable. It's so hard to grieve because you're so proud. You want to
cry but you can't because you want to smile and be proud of him for what he did
over there," said Stroud's wife Lacie Stroud.

Now a new flag flies over the high school where Stroud was described as a
bright student, while the other one sites on a shelf to remind those who walk the

"It tells me that my son was loved not only by his mother and wife and family but
by everyone, and it's very touching, very, very touching," said Stroud's mother
Mavis Crawford-Stroud.

The flags are a tribute to remember all who serve our country and a reminder to
never forget a son, husband and father-to-be who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"He did live what little time he lived. He did live, and I'm thankful for that," said
Lacie Stroud. "Not a lot of people have the guts to do it and I'm very proud he's a
marine. I'm just very honored to have him as my husband."

Lacie Stroud is expecting the couple's first child, a little girl, in January. A
memorial scholarship will be created in honor of the Marine at the high school.
Never forget the honor of the American flag.

The group presented the flag to Eldon Williams, a retired Army
and Air Force veteran who took part in the Battle of the Bulge
and is a resident at the center.

"I've grown up in a better country than my father, and his was
better than my grandfather's," said Nathan Atkins, a field
representative in Sen. Tom Cole's office who attended
Tuesday's ceremony. "And it's because of the sacrifice of
veterans like you."