Fallen Soldier Table Poem by Jon M. Nelson

Fallen Soldier Table

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The rose stands for the family with faith and love for those who serve,
They're held with the highest respect for that's what they deserve.

A yellow ribbon is for the loyalty waiting for those serving abroad,
As we pray that they're watched over and kept close to God.

An inverted glass represents that the fallen can no longer toast,
They cannot be an honored guest or such a gracious host.

A lemon wedge represents the bitter loss of the fallen soldier's life,
That causes so much pain like the sharp edge of a knife.

The salt is put in place for all the loved ones' shedding tears,
For the soldier is no longer present to help calm our fears.

The candle stands tall for the blood that the soldier shed,
It holds a place of honor and represented in red.

The empty chair symbolizes the missing comrade who isn't here,
Now it stands alone for the voice that we can't here.

Veteran 08 March 2018

Should the last word should be hear instead of here?

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Jon M. Nelson 21 September 2022

Yes, you are correct. I had to start a new profile and I am locked out of my previous one, so I cannot go back in to edit this one,

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Mitch L 10 November 2021

Hear? Last word.

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Frank Womack 17 August 2019

I am the leader of a group of U, S, Marines, we have 18+ members of our group - 2 times a year we have a gathering and set up a Missing Man Table - PROBLEM - some one took or we lost our printed framed poem and can not find a replacement to buy ant advice

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Jon M. Nelson 21 September 2022

Please feel free to make a copy of this to display. I have noticed it at VFWs, American Legions and other similar facilities.

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Julia Luber 16 June 2019

Great poem explaining some of the rituals a family practice when a loved one is serving at risk of war. Very interesting, filled with knowledge and craftily penned.

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Castellenas John 14 June 2019

A powerful poem. One of the greatest poems.

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We honor the ones who made the ultimate sacrifice for Freedom.Thank you for sharing this heartfelt poem.Brought tears to my eyes.. a ten..

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