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Poem for a fallen son: Valley mom looks back with love on LCpl. Marine Eric Ward's life

To the great citizens of Sno-Valley, it has been a year since we celebrated the life of Lcpl Eric L. Ward at Mount Si High School.  As we drove from our home, through Fall City and Snoqualmie to see the streets lined with fellow Americans waving flags in support of Eric’s decision to serve our country in time of war.

I am proud to be part of a great community, and thank you for a year of support and friendships that will live on in honor of Eric.

I choose to honor and celebrate Eric’s life by remembering what was good and true about him: love, laughter and treasured moments. Memories of  how he touched many lives with his gentle manner, his amazing smile, his mischievous sense of humor and his deep commitment to exceed in what was his life purpose and do what is right.  He time on earth was short but well lived.  I know our memories of Eric will last us a lifetime.

I am attaching a poem that I wrote to honor his “1st Angelversary”, Feb. 21, 2011


Mom Loves Pooh

An Angel in the sky,

Not for me to question why.

I look back on memories I forgot I had,

I smile and laugh even though it hurts so bad.

A young man that shared my heart,

A young man that shared his heart.

My son was a special man and no one can take his place,

I find peace of mind when I think about his smiling face.

My son is a guardian angel as he flies high above the rest,

and in my heart forever he is the best.

My son has earned his wings and it's time for him to fly,

It hurts as I was not ready to say good-bye.

For the rest of my life you are my guiding star,

You will always be with me near and far.

Mom loves you,

Unconditionally true.

God has taken you and you have flown away,

To Heaven your new home to stay.

I cannot see you and you wish you could be here,

Your signs let me know you are always near.

I do not forget the greatest loves of my life,

Proud mom of 3 sons and Adonis’ wife.

I am so grateful of my family and that's in my heart to stay,

Even though one son became an angel and had to fly away.

A proud Gold Star Mom wears a twinkling star,

Knowing you are never far.

The people that you have touched are very very dear,

You impacted others because you were sincere.

A Gold Star Mom was not the plan,

A strong Marine Mom I stand.

Wonderful friends you had,

They support me across the land.

For now I am on earth to honor you,

Mom will always love Pooh.

8/17/90 – 2/21/10

Written with love


Monica McNeal

Proud Gold Star Mom – Lcpl Eric L. Ward

KIA- Afghanistan 8/17/90 – 2/21/10

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