HDSP veteran inmates held a flag-folding ceremony for Facility B. They presented the flag to Warden Spearman (center).

By Lt. Gregory Crowe, AA/PIO, HDSP

The High Desert State Prison (HDSP) “Blue Crease” inmate veterans group on Facility B recently conducted a flag-folding ceremony for staff and the inmate population on Facility B. The group explained each fold of the flag and the history behind the ceremony.

The finished folded flag was presented to HDSP Warden M. Eliot Spearman for placement in his office.

Warden Spearman said, “I learned what each fold of the flag means. The fold that touched me the most was the eighth fold which means, ‘A tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.’ On Mother’s Day this year, this fold will be embedded in my thoughts as I remember my late mother who passed away four years ago.”

Read more about the meaning of the folds in a previous Inside CDCR story, http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2016/06/california-correctional-centers-veterans-in-prison-group-holds-flag-folding-ceremony/