Young Marines Honor The Memory Of LCpl Travis M. Nelson

September 8, 2013

A young Travis Nelson of Bratt grew up in a military family and had two things on his mind — fishing and growing up to join the military.

He lived that dream, spending many days at his favorite fishing spots. At 14, he joined the Young Marines of Pensacola. By age 19, he had made it from Bratt to the front lines in Afghanistan as a United States Marine. It was there in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, that LCpl Travis M. Nelson lost his life in August 2011 defending the freedom of his family, friends and the America he loved so much.

Saturday, the Young Marines of Pensacola gathered at the LCpl Travis M. Nelson Park on Highway 4 in Bratt, near Nelson’s childhood home, to honor one of their own that paid the ultimate price.

The Young Marines, boys and girls ages 8 to 18, stood silently at attention as a wreath was placed at the park’s memorial to Nelson. Then they posed for a photo, the Young Marines and the memorial to a fallen Marine. photos, click to enlarge.


10 Responses to “Young Marines Honor The Memory Of LCpl Travis M. Nelson”

  1. Mark on September 9th, 2013 2:34 pm

    Semper Fi Marine!

    Your sacrifice does not go unnoticed.

  2. Stephanie Jernigan-Watson on September 9th, 2013 1:23 pm

    What a touching salute to such a fine young man. He exemplied what it means to be a member of the USMC. In addition, the United States is a truly blessed nation to have such a fine young man who served so unselfishly and with such character, integrity, and bravery. May God bless Travis and his family, the members of our Armed Forces, and the United States of America.


    MAMA J

  3. 429SCJ on September 9th, 2013 7:07 am

    This memorial really drives home the meaning of courage, selflessness and one families personal sacrifice, just as many families have done throughout our history.

    The men and women of our armed forces are the protectors of our nation.
    Special Interest and politicians should not attempt to place them in harms way for the purpose of advancing their own designs and political ambitions.

  4. melodies4us on September 8th, 2013 9:41 pm

    Thank you North for this article. Hats off to all involved in the making of such a beautiful memorial. May God bless the family of Travis Nelson. Our community will forever be blessed because of his bravery which honored in this park.

  5. Kathy on September 8th, 2013 8:40 pm

    Bravo Zulu YMoP! The pics and the tribute made me cry. Trav would be proud! We still miss him every day but those of us who had him in our lives were TRULY BLESSED!

  6. Christine Kozik on September 8th, 2013 1:52 pm

    O God,
    by whose mercy the faithful departed find rest,
    look kindly on our departed service member, Travis Nelson,
    who gave his life in the service of his country.
    Grant that through the passion, death, and resurrection of your Son
    he may share in the joy of your heavenly kingdom
    and rejoice in you with your saints forever.
    We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Thank you, Young Marines, for remembering Travis’s service. Thank you for showing that freedom has a price that is often paid in blood, and should not be forgotten.

  7. Bill on September 8th, 2013 1:11 pm

    A GREAT representation of GREAT YOUNG PEOPLE we need more of these focused future leaders

  8. Jim Burke on September 8th, 2013 9:06 am

    Lance Corporal Nelson has become a member of the Guard on “Heaven’s Scenes.” His sacrifice as a Marine is remembered as long as there will be Marines. Semper Fidelis!

  9. Pete Belanger on September 8th, 2013 8:41 am

    Travis was in the very first boot camp the Young Marines of Pensacola had when they started in 2007. He made it to the rank of Young Marine Corporal before he graduated high school and went into the Marine Corps. This was a great honor to do for him.

    Semper Fi.

    Pete Belanger
    Young Marines of Pensacola
    Unit Commander

  10. Mickey Powell on September 8th, 2013 4:07 am

    Great job “Young Marines”

    I visit there a lot,

    Mickey Powell

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