The Final Bell Rang (Ding,Dong,Ding Dong)

Today I watched one of the saddest moments of my life after hearing the ringing of the church bells. Only a few minutes before had I seen my future wife and her boyfriend exiting different cars and entering a house of God where they were about to exchange their vows. Afterwards my eyes could not stop crying when I saw them kiss outside the steps of the church as rice fell on them wishing many years of happiness. I felt my heart sink to the lowest part of my body realizing that it should have been me holding her hand and riding away in the limoussine to a place where our honeymoon would begin a lifetime of sharing each other’s emotions forever.Four years to this date I had been serving my country and honoring what many veterans before me had done to protect the freedom that we hold on to dearly. My letters from her always brought me joy knowing she was waiting for me to return one day and make her my woman from thereon. I always had a smile on my face after reading my letters in from of my fellow soldiers in combat. They would fight to smell the perfume on every sheet of paper her love words were written on. Those that didn’t have someone special waiting for them were envy, but they honored my commitment to my true love.One tragic moment ended my dreams as my wounds made me less of the man that left one day to join the elite fighting forces. I didn’t know how much it would affect my reasoning after being in a coma for a long time while holding on to life. I was forced to be moved many time as the bases where I was being treated were being hit constantly, thus many times it was not known who survived and who died. I fell into one of those loop holes where the feedback to my family became unstable and was even declared dead. As I look back I keep telling myself that perhaps it was best that way since I saw my sweetheart so cheerfully waving at everyone who attended their wedding. Weeping from behind tall trees and in a wheelchair I too waved as the last bells rang, (ding, dong, ding, dong).

The Final Bell Rang (Ding,Dong,Ding Dong)


Harlingen, United States

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This event about how hard life was after the war did not happen to me. One of my friends came to this conclusion and to honor him I wrote this many years ago, but did not post it in respect to his loses. He died this past year, a lonely man, respected by many who serve the military, and I was there, God bless the men and woman who serve their country.

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