The military was Helen Elsberry’s lifelong career. When she retired, she was the Commander of the local American Legion. One of her many activities was placing small flags on every grave in the cemetery on Veterans’ Day – a reminder of the military’s service to the country.
Last November, Helen’s sister had the sad task of placing Helen in a nursing home. She packed most of Helen’s possessions for storage; other items went to charitable organizations that Helen had supported.
During the process, Helen’s sister found a box of small flags – the kind Helen used to place at the cemetery. Not knowing what else to do, she planted the flags on Helen’s front lawn with a large sign reading “Free. Please take one.”
By the end of the day, every flag was gone and waving on dozens of lawns; they were a reminder of Helen Elsberry’s service. It was Veterans’ Day.
Flash fiction prompt provided by http://www.writerlycorner.com/writerly-prompts/writerly-wednesday-6292016.