Marine veteran plans hike through 11 states on quest to mark Sept. 10 'Brother to Brother Day'
For Lance Robinson, water trumps having a spare set of clothing.
Sufficient hydration will be more important during the Export man's planned hike that will take him through some Southern states this summer.
“I'd much rather carry three liters of water than an extra pair of pants,” Robinson said.
The 55-year-old Marine veteran is resuming his mission to leave every state in the contiguous United States with a proclamation designating Sept. 10 as “Brother to Brother Day.”
This year, he plans to walk through 11 states during his Honor Hike Across America. He will be pulling a 100-pound cart full of supplies.
“When I walk, I go the most direct route that I can,” Robinson said.
He is about halfway through his mission to make “Brother to Brother Day” a nationally recognized observance on Sept. 10 to honor men and women and their service. He has received more than 80 proclamations from municipal and state officials while visiting 27 states.
Robinson will be in Point Marion at a meet-and-greet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall, according to his website.
A proclamation ceremony in Morgantown is scheduled for Monday afternoon.
Robinson rode a bike through six states last year, receiving a proclamation in each. His Honor Ride Across America progress was severely hampered by a heat wave.
With a much bigger goal this year, Robinson already has kicked off his hike. He departed from Point Marion in late February and has made it into West Virginia. Robinson said he is returning to his Export home each night until temperatures are warm enough to camp outside. He said he also will take advantage of accommodations ranging from homes or hotels to fire halls offered by supporters.
His goal is to finish the year in Sacramento.
Robinson has been aided in his mission by state Sen. Don White, R-Indiana. White sent a letter to West Virginia Sen. Erik Wells in late January asking for the military committee chairman's assistance in getting Robinson a gubernatorial proclamation for “Brother to Brother Day.”
“I've gotten to know Lance these past few years and am very inspired by his energy and enthusiasm,” White said. “His effort is certainly noble.”
Robinson typically contacts public officials and American Legion posts about a week before he plans to arrive in a new city to enlist help in obtaining a proclamation.
During this year's hike, Robinson plans to honor veterans of the Vietnam War. He routinely takes photos and videos and posts them to his Facebook page to increase interest in his cause.
If Robinson completes his 11-state quest this year, he thinks the undertaking could be wrapped up in another year.
“The mission was very well received by the general public,” Robinson said. “I believe the Lord has put this on my heart to do, and I'm doing it.”
Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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