City hopes residents show respect for Marine

Published 9:41am Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Atmore city officials are encouraging residents to line the streets Friday afternoon to pay their respects as the remains of Lance Cpl. Travis M. Nelson are transported from First Baptist Church to Oak Hill Cemetery.

“It would be a strong show of support,” Mayor Howard Shell said. “I want our town to turn out, not for show, but for respect.”

Nelson, 19, was killed last week during a small arms battle, just one month after his unit arrived in Afghanistan. He is the son of Scott and Beckie Nelson of Bratt, Fla.

Funeral services begin at 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church. Shell said residents are encouraged to line the streets after the funeral, so perhaps about 30 to 45 minutes after the service begins.

Nelson’s body is expected to arrive at NAS Pensacola at 2 p.m. Wednesday and will be escorted to Atmore by the Patriot Riders.

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