Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

May 1, 2013

Hiking across America for his brothers, and God

By Crystal Damron
Journal-Times

May 1, 2013 — Lance Robinson said faith and obedience to listen to God is what started the “Honor Hike Across America” in 2010.

Robinson, a Vietnam Marine veteran, is attempting to travel to every state capitol and rally other Americas in support of a new day of honor, Brother to Brother Day.

“Brother to Brother Day is a day of reconnection for all those that don a uniform of sacrifice, military, police, firefighter, EMS or veterans,” Robinson said.

As Robinson entered Carter County on Friday, April 26, the students and staff from Star Elementary greeted him on US 60 with flags flying high and a song filling the air.

Robinson was moved by the gesture. Star Elementary was the first school in 28 states to honor the veteran.

“We didn’t do it to be the first,” Star Principal Charles Baker said. “We didn’t even realize that. Our teachers promote supporting our veterans and the people who protect our freedom.”

Baker was also quick to give credit to Carter County Sherriff Casey Brammell. Baker explains he had seen Robinson coming across Boyd County the day before so when Brammell visited the school Baker was glad to participate.

Not only did the children sing “God Bless the USA” and flood Robinson with hugs and high-5’s, they also were able to walk a few steps alongside Robinson on this mission. Robinson was also presented with two Star Elementary shirts to help remember this special day on his journey.

Brother to Brother Day is set for September 10, the day before 9-11 or, as Robinson calls it, the “eve of destruction.” Robinson’s goal is to visit the lower 48 state capitals and cross America by foot or on bicycle.

“I am doing this solely on my own merit and the kindness and generosity of Americans I meet along my journey,” Robinson said. “This is not a non-profit organization and I don’t have corporate sponsorship.”

To donate to Robinson’s mission and follow his journey, visit www.honorhikeacrossamerica.com or on Facebook by searching Honor Hike Across America. You can also send donations to Marine Veteran Lance Robinson 2828 Italy Road, Export Pa. 15632.

Crystal Damron can be reached at cdamron@journal-times.com or by phone at 474-5101.