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As 1775 came to a close, so did the enlistment period of many in the army. Joseph Hodgkins wrote to his wife, Sarah, "Our people are almost bewitched about getting home." (quoted in 1776 by David McCullough, page 64).
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Revolutionary War Pensions
Source: The National Archives
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Traditionally, the third fold in a flag-folding ceremony honors and remembers veterans for their sacrifice in defending their country and promoting peace in the world.