DANSVILLE — A local veteran will be taking his first Rochester Honor Flight to Washington D.C. on April 30.
Robert Roberts, 83, of Dansville served 40 years in the US Army. He spent two years on active duty as part of the National Guard at the Arlington National Cemetery, where he guarded the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Afterwards, Roberts spent 38 years in the reserves.
Roberts two older brothers were part of WWII. The Roberts family has a strong military background.
Judy Eaton, Roberts daughter, will be his guardian during the flight.
“This is an organization that pays for the flight down, meals, and housing for veterans,” she said. “They honor all veterans but mainly World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam. Since there are so few left of World War II soldiers they are a higher priority.”
Eaton added that the process is rather simple.
“You apply on the website, and you get accepted or denied,” she said. “My father got accepted for this year.”
Eaton will have to pay her own way, but she feels it is worth it to have this moment with her father.
“I am looking forward to it,” she said. “I am lucky to be the one going with him.”
The flight leaves at 6 a.m. on April 30 from the Rochester International Airport, and arrives at Baltimore. The tour bus takes them to Washington D.C. where they see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Korean War Monument, Lincoln Monument, WWII Monument, and Vietnam Monument. Also, at Arlington National Cemetery they will see the Iwo Jima and US Marine Corps site.
On the flight back there will be a welcome home ceremony that everyone is invited too at the Rochester International Airport May 1 at 1:30 p.m.
Another Dansville veteran named Jack Morgan will also be on this flight.