The Grand March was an epic fail. About 500 people had traveled from Europe to
give aid to those in need and they had to just turn around. The effort was futile. The doctors im sure really wanted to help
out, but the rivaling nations involved (france and American in particular) were
more concerned with their own appearance. Franz’s perception of the blood (from
the reporter that stepped on a mine) consecrated the flag. I just thought that
was odd. Then it seemed that he had a desire to fall, or basically had a death wish
when he considers running onto the bridge. Perhaps he wants to be a martyr,
perhaps he wants to make Sabina proud. Then it turns out that he's too cowardly to do anything valiant. he attacks a man that the reader doesnt know much about and then he gets mortally injured.