“Why did you do it?” the bystander asked.
The soldier answered, “We did it for John. Serving our country with pride, we left a part of ourselves in Afghanistan.” The young man raised his prosthetic leg. “For some of us, it’s literal. We struggled to fit back into normal life. John understood because he’d been there too.” Motioning to the others in the group, he said, “He helped us all return.”
“Where is John now?”
“The pain was too much. We march today to pay tribute to our brother and pledge that no one will be left behind again.”
This story is loosely based on a true one. For those of you who serve or have served in the military, I admire your bravery. I have family and friends who have served. Thank you for your service!
“Friday Fictioneers” is a weekly challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff Fields. The challenge is to write a story using only 100 words in response to a photo prompt. The photo this week was taken by J Hardy Carroll. It has been a lot of fun to join in with this fantastic and encouraging group of writers! Other stories can be found HERE.