Not Forgotten

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Dear Jeff,

Tomorrow’s Remembrance Day.  I pick up the blue thread.  I’m going to finish your sweater.  I stopped knitting it on the day you took your life.

Before you hanged yourself because of what you went through in Afghanistan, I noticed the changes in you.  You weren’t the cheerful, loving and happy young man I knew but a restless, agitated and angry stranger.  I felt helpless and didn’t know what to do.  I couldn’t seem to reach you.   I wished that your father were still alive because as a soldier, he would have been able to relate to what you were going through.  

I miss you so much.  Not a day goes by when I don’t think of you.  This year I’m the Silver Cross Mother.   I will use this as an opportunity to let the world know that soldiers who die by suicide should not be forgotten.  They served their country too and deserve recognition for that.  And I will let everyone know how proud I am of you.

I love you.

Mom

175 Words

This story was inspired by the tragic true story of a young Canadian soldier who hanged himself on Mother’s Day, hours before he was supposed to board a flight to see his mother.  He was the first Canadian soldier to take his own life after returning from active duty in Afghanistan.  This Remembrance Day, his mother will receive the Silver Cross.  She says that when she lays a wreath at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Nov. 11, it will be on behalf of all Canadian mothers whose son or daughter died as a result of military service.

I wrote this story for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers hosted by Priceless Joy. For more information visit Here.  To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit Here.

Source:  Global News

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Prior... says:

    Such a sad real
    Life study and your flash fiction was well done

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    1. Yes, it is a very sad reality. This is the first time, I think that soldiers who died by suicide will be acknowledged. Thank you.

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      1. Prior... says:

        Well this is a very good thing

        Liked by 1 person

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