* In the movie, on graduation day for both Francie and Neely, when Francie lets her mother hold the flowers she got for graduation. Made even more meaningful by the fact [[spoiler: Johnny paid for them before he died]].
* Mr. [=McShane=], in his bumbling but heartfelt way, proposing to Katie, and her accepting.
* Neeley and Francie saying goodbye before she leaves for college.
* During WorldWarII, [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/molly-guptill-manning/world-war-book-brooklyn_b_6257550.html?utm_hp_ref=books soldiers found comfort in the book and sent many fan letters to Smith]]