Friend asks for 95th birthday wishes for Lexington World War II veteran

Posted at 12:20 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 20:26:48-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The friend of a local World War II veteran is asking for help wishing him a happy birthday while he remains isolated because of the coronavirus.

Victor Robinson grew up in Nicholasville and voluntarily joined the U.S. Army as a teenager. He went on to serve in the Lexington Fire Department for years.

"He's very caring, very humble and he's very positive," said Fanny Hubart-Salmon.

Friend Fanny Hubart-Salmon describes him as a hero.

She's from Deauville, France, and she studied at UK as a part of the Lexington Sister Cities program.

Hubart-Salmon says she met Robinson in 2017 at the 60th anniversary celebration for the sister cities program.

She says she was touched when she learned that at just 19-years-old, Robinson fought in Normandy to end World War II.

"The sacrifice was incredible. Many times we forget it. Many times we take it for granted," said Hubart-Salmon.

Hubart-Salmon was supposed to be in Lexington this past weekend helping Robinson celebrate his 95th birthday.

Instead, she's on the other side of the globe while he's isolated in his retirement home due to the pandemic.

"Of course it's hard, but I haven't heard him whine. Any time I call he just says 'you know we've got to be patient, we've got to do what it takes and stay safe'," said Hubart-Salmon.

She's now asking for help making him feel special, inviting anyone to send him well wishes.

She also asked us to get this message to him:

"I look forward to being in touch I hope he has a wonderful birthday and I hope that his heart warms when he reads the messages form the people as much as my heart warms when I hear his voice and see his smile."

From all of us at LEX 18, Happy birthday Victor!

If you'd like to brighten his day you can e-mail well wishes to CELEBRATEVICTOR@FULLFIELDAGENCY.COM OR use #CelebrateVictor if you post on social media.