North Escambia Memorials Honor Those That Served

May 27, 2019

People across North Escambia and the country are remembering the brave men and women that have served our country as we celebrate Memorial Day.

In North Escambia, there are several memorials that honor those that have served in the military:

Walnut Hill Veterans Wall of Honor

The largest such memorial in the North Escambia area, the Veteran’s Honor Wall has stood in front of the Walnut Hill Community Center since its dedication in 2003. There are nearly 300 names on the wall, including  names of just over a dozen soldiers killed in action. The wall honors those from the Walnut Hill area that have served in the nation’s military.

The Walnut Hill Ruritan Club began planning the wall in late 2001, and they decided that it would be a community project at no cost to the veterans listed.

The late Billy R. Ward began to engrave the names with an antique machine the club purchased off the internet, and there were 220 names on the wall when it was dedicated in 2003. He spent a lot of time on the project, even visiting the Wall South Memorial in Pensacola to get an idea what size the letters on the plaques should be.

On the Walnut Hill Veteran’s Honor Wall, everyone is equal. It was decided that no service rank would be include on the name plaques, just the branch and years of service.

It is estimated that about one-fourth of the veterans listed on the wall are now deceased.

The Walnut Hill Veteran’s Wall is located in front of the community center at 7850 Highway 97.

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LCpl Travis M. Nelson Park

The LCpl Travis M. Nelson Park was dedicated in Bratt on November 8, 2011, in honor of the local Marine killed in action in August 2011 in  Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. It was just two weeks after his 19th birthday and only about a month after he arrived in Afghanistan.

The park features a memorial in Nelson’s honor. It is located on West Highway 4, just west of Northview High School.

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Atmore Veterans Memorial

The Veterans Memorial in Atmore stands proudly on the lawn of the Atmore City Hall to pay tribute to those have served from around Atmore and North Escambia. Names of the fallen are on the spire, while commemorative bricks around the base of the spire name those that have served in the military past and present.

Those honored on the bricks date back to the Revolutionary War with a brick with the name of Benjamin Sasser, 1755-1840. His relative, Federick Sasser, 1794-1846, is also honored for his service in the War of 1812.




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Barrineau Park Wall of Honor

The Wall of Honor inside the Barrineau Park Community Center  honors scores of area residents  that have served in the military. The wall was a project of the Barrineau Park Historical Society. (Pictured above.)

Century Veterans Wall of Honor


About four dozen of those that served from the Century area are honored on the Century Veterans Wall of Honor at Century’s Roadside Park on Highway 29. The memorial was dedicated on July 4, 2008. (Pictured above.)

The Century Veterans Wall of Honor is located in the Nadine McCaw Park at the corner of North Century Boulevard (Highway 29) and Hecker Road.

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Molino Community Center Wall of Honor

The Wall of Honor inside the Molino Community Center honors dozens of area residents = that have served in the military, including those killed in action (pictured above). photos, click to enlarge.

FHP: Escambia Deputy Injured When Drivers Runs Red Light, Crashes Into Patrol Vehicle

May 27, 2019

An Escambia County deputy received minor injuries Sunday morning when a driver crashed into his patrol cruiser before fleeing the scene.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Juan Jose Hernandez Fajardo, 50, was traveling south in the outside lane of Pine Forest Road approaching Wilde Lake Boulevard about 6:32 a.m. when he ran a stop light. Fajardo crashed his Toyota Tundra into the passenger side of the deputy’s Chevrolet Tahoe.

Fajardo then fled on foot, according to troopers. He was later located and booked into the Escambia County Jail on charges of leaving the scene of a crash with injuries, no driver’s license and failing to stop at a steady red signal.

The deputy was treated for minor injuries and released from Baptist Hospital.

Fajardo remained in the Escambia County Jail Monday morning due to  a hold from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).