In the Hands of the Flag Bearer

Courage: the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear;

I always thought the most courageous people were those men of war; the ones who held their nation’s flag up high. They were possibly the most targeted soldiers. After all, the enemy only craved the triumphant moment when that flag would fall to the ground so they may finally claim victory over their opponent. Yet, through all his bloody endeavor, the flag-burdened soldier would rather give his life than see his nation’s flag fall. What is this if not bravery? Loyalty? Respect for what he believed in?

I didn't choose this pic because of the flag...but because of the struggle it took to keep it flying high.

Note: I didn’t choose this pic because of the flag…but rather the struggle it took to keep it flying high.

A hero, they’d call him. And not only because of his allegiance…but that he stood by what he believed in…what he knew was right no matter the consequences. In that moment he was invincible in spite of the bullet that may have taken his arm or the shrapnel that could have blinded his sight. He was invincible because no matter his tragic downfall, he remained true to his heart and everything he held inside it. And that, I think, is the most wondrous salvation.

What I’d give to be as courageous as that.

: : : And all at once the crowd begins to sing. Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same : : :

— All At Once, The Fray —

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One response to “In the Hands of the Flag Bearer

  1. interesting entry abotu courage. i think you should read poems by wilfred owen. its abot war and soldeirs and the traumatic experiences. but it will really change your outlook on wehther they are really courageous or not.

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