POSTED: Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 7:04pm
HOLDEN, LA (NBC33) — The community came out to honor fallen Navy SEAL Team Five member Nicholas Spehar at a ground breaking and ribbon cutting ceremony for Camp Spehar in Holden.
"He was very focused," said Spehar's father Pat Spehar. "He was a man very committed to our way of life: basic liberties, freedom, and family."
Spehar died August 6, 2011 when the helicopter he was riding in crashed while in Afghanstan.
"In honor of his sacrifice every forward operating for the Navy SEALs is named after a fallen comrade," said Lieutenant Junior Grade Norman Soren Jr.
Now friends and teammates of Nick are determined to keep Nick's fighting spirit alive.
" His attention to detail was second to none," said S.O. Kody Seamon. "His work ethic was second to none. He cared about everyone else before himself. All the core values that he had. The discipline to hundreds and thousands of men they are going on to the front lines to fight for this country."
Lieutenant Junior Grade Norman Soren Jr. said the ceremony helps the community come together to remember those who gave their lives for this country.
"They need to understand we have young Americans who wants to be patriots and serve their country, " said Commanding Officer USNSCC Baton Rouge Division, Lieutenant Junior Grade Norman Soren Jr.
Pat Spehar said he's proud to see the sacrifice his son made will be remembered with each young man and woman who make it through the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps Baton Rogue Division and a Naval Special Warfare Training Academy.
"To the men putting this camp together, this is a unique opportunity for them to be formed by very fine men," said Pat Spehar.
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