5 July 2019

Published July 3, 2019 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Patriotic Fiction

Word Count: 100


“You’re a grand old flag…”

            In fourth grade Billy asked Nancy to be his square-dance partner.

            “…you’re a high-flying flag…”

            He invited her to the seventh grade sock hop. To his surprise she accepted.

            “And forever…”

            At senior prom he gave her a diamond.  The next week he left for Vietnam, her promise in his heart.

            “I’ll save all my dances for you, Billy.”

            He returned missing a leg, fearing the worst.  

            “…in peace may you wave…”  

            After fifty years the diamond sparkles on her finger as she squeezes his hand. “Frankly, Bill, you were never much of a dancer.”



(To those who celebrate it.)

Thank you to the men and women who have served their respective countries. 


95 comments on “5 July 2019

  • I like those old stories. I’ve known many vets from a lot of different wars, and the images we have are seldom accurate. Combat tears through men’s souls like a grass fire, and if they are lucky they can piece together a life afterward. No matter what, the dreams will always remind them. Men don’t fight for their country or their flag; they fight for the guys in their squad, they fight to get it over with. All wars are avoidable (including WW2, since Hitler could have been stopped in the 30s if the financiers had not thrown money at him). All it takes for world peace is for every human to put down their weapon and never pick it up again. Patriotism is a meat grinder.

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  • What a great story of love and commitment. Love endures all. As a Vet of 3 conflicts, I feel extremely fortunate to have come home unaffected. The ones that did not needed the support and love of those around them. And let’s not forget the impact that humor has.It is also a great medicine for the soul. Love it…..well done.

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  • What a lovely story, and one to remember in times of strife and distress. Love overcomes a lot, and it is worth it to fight for humanity, and for true freedoms for all.

    I’ve left my contribution with the froggy. I bit of a different ‘mood’ perhaps, in these complicated times. All I can say is, that it can be an and/and … not always an either/or …
    May freedom ring.

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  • This is very well written, Rochelle. Of course, I expect nothing less from you. You’ve smoothly incorporated a growing love, the horrors of war, the power of unconditional love, and patriotism, which is best served by peace. At least, that’s my interpretation.

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    What a wonderful story, interwoven with the words of the song. It works extremely well. And let’s face it, no humour? No longevity in a marriage, I say!

    Shalom and lotsa love,


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  • I love the way you structured this story. If that’s not true love, I don’t know what is. Having fought in the war, Billy would probably have suffered flashbacks for the rest of his life, but at least he had someone who loved him with all her heart.

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