Oh Mr General Book 1 Chapter 148
Ming Yue Guang stood up from his seat. He wasn't planning to attend the event from the beginning. Yet, at the last minute, he realised that this was part of his father's legacy. It was only right for Yue Guang to inherit the last remnants of his father. Melisa had also requested her son to go on behalf of her late husband. As such, Yue Guang came unprepared, wearing his normal casual attire to the formal event.
"He is Old Ming's son" One of the older Brigadier General in the hall lamented. The old man was close friends with Ming Jiang Fei. In the past, they had went to war together and were sworn brothers after that experience. Only after three decades of knowing each other, the old brigadier general met his sworn brother's son.
Many of the military personnels that have known Ming Jiang Fei over the years had similar feelings as the General. Ming Jiang Fei kept his family history and background hidden from everyone. Only his superior, the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Christopher Perkins knew about his background. It was this that allowed Jiang Fei to serve through three different Chief of Army. The level of security given to the man was second only to the Chief.
As Ming Yue Guang ascended the short steps, he got closer to the Lieutenant General. The 23 year old started to notice the atmosphere in the hall. Ever since the emcee had brought up his father, the entire room had become colder and stifling. He felt like it was hard to breathe. The place was filled with remorse. From that, Yue Guang realised how much his father's death meant to others.
To Yue Guang, Ming Jiang Fei was a busy father that tried his best to be there for his son whenever he could. Regardless of how busy he was, Jiang Fei would always remember to write a letter to his family. To Ming Jiang Fei's old friends, the man was a friendly and humbling man. Regardless of the opposing person's rank, he never made others cower before him. He treated everyone as an equal. To the military officials that have never met him before, Ming Jiang Fei was a patriotic and well-respected soldier. He gave his life for his fellow subordinates and died serving the nation.
Everyone in City Hall was paying their respects to the passing of Brigadier General Ming Jiang Fei.
As Ming Yue Guang accepted the medallion from the Lieutenant General. Christopher Perkins gripped firmly onto Yue Guang's hand and shook it with affirmation.
"Your father, my subordinate, Brigadier General Ming Jiang Fei, was a loyal soldier. This was his last mission that he was planning to attend alongside his team." Christopher spoke in a grim tone, "I still remember how happy he looked when he realised that he would finally be able to spend quality time with his family. Yet, there was a deep pang was worry in his stomach. He was worried that you would not forgive him for lying to you over the years."
Ming Yue Guang had his head lowered to the Lieutenant General.
"It is very tough on both his family and himself. I am telling you now as a close friend to Jiang Fei. Everything that he had done was to protect you and his wife. He feared if there were ever a spy in his team, your lives would be in jeopardy. He may not have been there often in your childhood. However, I can assure you that whenever he is back in the country, Jiang Fei would be the happiest person on Earth."
Ming Yue Guang's eyes teared up as Christopher spoke about his father. Over the past week, Ming Yue Guang had been putting up a strong face in front of his mother. Although in his head, he was blaming his father for lying to him over the years, in his heart, Yue Guang knew he could never hold a grudge on his father, much less someone that wasn't in this world anymore. Ming Yue Guang knew that his father would be watching over him no matter where he was in this world. And at this point, as he collected the Medal Of Honour, his father would be standing beside him with his hand on Yue Guang's shoulder.
Ming Yue Guang looked over his shoulder to look at his father. His old man had aged well over the years and had barely any wrinkles on his face. Jiang Fei smiled at his tearing son. With a comforting motion, he wipes Yue Guang's tears away as if saying, "Don't cry my son, don't cry. You still have a long life ahead of you."
Taking the medal, Ming Yue Guang left the stage, but did not proceed back to his seat. Rather, he left the hall straight after. As he walked by, onlookers stood up and gave a proper military salute. Such actions were not planned, but soon enough, everyone in the room, donning their finest suits, stood up and gave Ming Jiang Fei a proper farewell. Even those that were not part of the army stood up and bowed respectfully.
From that day forwards, Ming Yue Guang would be leading his renewed lifestyle. And his father, would accompany him forever in his heart.