Les Carlyle was a special man
who came along
at a time when he was needed most.
A time enshrined forever.
When men believed and sacrificed,
When heroes walked the earth in mass.
When patriotism was not just a word but by what men lived
and judged the worth of each.
A Marine's life that most cannot comprehend
An era now gone
as this warrior's tour of duty ends
and begins anew in that heavenly place.
What greater honor, that when a man moves forward,
he leaves behind in each of us
the best of what he was.
A defender, protector,supporter, victor, warrior, Marine!
One of the last of the breed of his era.
This Marine has reported for duty that takes him away from us now.
Those of us who remain behind remember and will continue to remember,
Because Les now resides forever in our memory a
s quietly he waits,
The guardian of heaven's gates.