The Tricolour should fly highIt was 15 August. Hamid was sitting alone in his room when Ali, his grandson came in. "Grandpa, will not you come to our school? The National Flag will be hoisted there." he said.
Hamid got up to get ready while Ali went out. He opened his steel trunk and looked at the two uniforms lying side by side- one of a soldier's and the other, a star studded, of a Lieutenant . He lost in old memories.
He had retired from the army as a soldier. Afzal, his only son was also interested to join the army like him and serve his motherland . Hamid and his wife had never objected to his choice. He cherished a desire in a corner of his heart to see his only son in the uniform of an officer.
Afzal was a brilliant student throughout his career. It was not very difficult for him to crack the SSB interview. How happy Hamid was when he heard the news!
Afzal successfully completed the rigorous military training he went for the officer's training. There also he came out with flying colours and made his parents happy. Hamid can still remember the day when, after the POP, he fixed the stars in his Lieutenant son's shoulder. It was such a proud moment for him!
Afzal's first posting was in the hilly regions of J&K. After some time, he spoke to Hamid telling that he would be coming home after the Independence Day. But alas! He never came on his first holiday. Just a day before he was about to leave for home, he was leading a patrolling party along the border. Suddenly they saw some intruders and challenged them. In the ensuing exchange of fire, he was badly injured and later succumbed to his injuries.
When Ali came in again, he saw his Grandpa still sitting in front of the trunk, tears flowing from his eyes.
Hamid went to Ali's school to attend the flag hoisting ceremony. He was surprised when he heard the headmaster calling his name as the proud father of a martyr and requesting him to hoist the flag. He went ahead with steady steps, hoisted the flag and shouted 'Jai Hind' with a firm voice.
Once again, his son had made him proud!