Pvt. Blake Nelsen participated in the veterans' ceremony held at the Payson Elks Lodge on Saturday, Nov. 10, by carrying the colors as a United States Marine, while on leave from the United States Marine Corps.
Nelsen just graduated boot camp. He is the son of Rick and Karyn Nelsen of Payson.
He will continue his training at Camp Pendleton, where he will get three weeks of combat training and then he is off to Pensacola, Fla. for a year of school in the field of aviation electronics.