Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Time Stood Still

"Service to one's country that ends so tragically is the highest form of patriotism..." Even though words of faith are very comforting at a time of loss, there are many people we meet in life. Some do deeds of greatness while others just wait for something to happen. But of all that, one man today is truly a proud hero of our nation as there is none greater than a man who gives his life for the country.

So as the yellow-orange colors of our flag were being neatly folded away, the funeral parade stood still in attention before finally raising their weapons and firing three-volley gun salutes in the air. The honor, courage and respect each soldier had today was overshadowed by this sudden tragedy. Yet words such as bravery and pride were echoing from every mouth to ear.

The cremation ground was filled completely with soldiers from RBA (Royal Bhutan Army), RBG (Royal Bhutan Guard) and the Police. Even though the Prime Minister and the Home Minister were present along with Former Minister Nado Rinchen, Cabinet Secretary Dasho Penden Wangchuk, Home and Cultural Secretary Tshering Dorji,  and a few notable faces. I personally felt the lack of representation as there were hardly any government officials (Ministers, MP's), nor the media, and only a few ladies present when the parade was taking place which further led to the burning of the three bodies. 

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