As per the custom the flag should have been lowered, to honour the martyred soldier, when the news arrived. But she refused to believe and relent.
‘He could be missing. I know a case where a soldier came back after seven years. And when he saw his wife married to another man he was devastated.’
Many of them had heard that story. But they could not tell the old women that they had witnessed his burial.
She was a mother and her faith was unshakeable, ‘He will come back.’
They all looked at the flag and silently filed past it.
***********A post for Friday Fictioneers on a photo prompt.