NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Over the next five days, you are going to see a lot of Marines in Nashville.
The United States Marine Corps selected Music City as the spot to launch its biggest community outreach project of the year.
“For us, Nashville was perfect in that it had the infrastructure that it needed, to support events like what you just saw here, as well as the resources for us to do community outreach projects,” said Bobby Yarbrough, a public affairs officer with the Marine Corps.
The Marines will visit hospitals, libraries and schools and over the next several days, there will be more than 80 free public events in celebration of community, country and the corps.
Davon Patton serves in the Marine Corps Infantry. He is a Nashville native and graduated from Hilllwood High School.
Patton told News 2 he grew up in a rough part of Bordeaux surrounded by gangs and drugs.
“If I would have stayed back there, something bad would have definitely happened. I was going down the wrong path,” said Patton.
In 2013, after graduating from high school, Patton decided to join the Marine Corps.
“I just felt like it was a positive thing. Most of the people in my family tried to do positive things and never really finished. I wanted to be the one to actually do something and actually finish and make something of my life,” he said.
Patton told News 2 his life transformed in amazing ways after he joined the United States Armed Forces.
He recently returned from a deployment across Europe and South America.
“When I go home, I do visit all the guys and they do talk about where I have been and what I have done. Some of them have wanted to join after seeing how successful I have become,” said Patton.
Marine Week is also a homecoming for Commanding Officer Taylor White. He is from Franklin and in his role he manages more than 500 Marines.
“I see young Americans who have said, I am going to put some things behind me and I want to be a part of a special team. I want to challenge myself,” said Commander White.
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