A veteran, Mr. Long’s life was full of legend. Yet, he lived ...
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A veteran, Mr. Long’s life was full of legend. Yet, he lived his life in silence and never told others about his experience in the battlefield. There were many scars on his body and he got three shots only in the Songshan Battle. One of them went through between the bones and the scar had been apparently seen so far.
Mr. Long went to the battlefield in the year he got married, where he received a letter from his wife. It read,” I’m going to remarry, may I get your approval?” Later on, Jiang Kai Sing was defeated and asked them to go to Taiwan together. Mr. Long refused,” No, I haven’t seen my parents for years.” However, when he got back to his hometown, his parents passed away soon and his wife had got remarried for two years. After that, he never got married again and lived his whole life in loneliness.
Mr. Long was defined as a bad guy or solider riffraff during the Cultural Revolution period. Afterwards, when people asked him about his experience in the battlefield, he got scared as political investigation came to his mind immediately. “I’ve explained everything in those years, why you’ve come to ask me again? I’ve explained so many times.” To get rehabilitated, he kept visiting leaders of relevant institutions. All his family persuaded him not to do so, because “You’re the Kuomintang’s solider.”
He was getting worse and worse with severe stomach problems, no care from children and high medical fees. He said,” I can’t get cured. If I don’t die this year, I’ll die next year. There’s no point living for a few more years. I’d better die today and I don’t want to be human being next life. It’s too tough.”
Only until 2013, the national Ministry of Civil Affairs announced official documents to rehabilitate the anti-war soldiers. Meanwhile, the ministry promised that there were funds to deal with difficulties in their old ages. When Mr. Long heard this, he could not conceal his excitement with trembling all over. He kept asking,” Is it for real?” However, he had passed away before he received the pension. In Mr. Long’s funeral, a villager announced the memorial speech loudly, which drew us into deep thought……