Two Charlottesville men are back at home Tuesday after taking a brave leap of faith. They jumped back in time to remember the sacrifices made by World War II veterans.
Pat Kelly and Charlottesville police Lt. Ronnie Roberts trained with the airborne demonstration team in Frederick, Oklahoma last week, and made five static line jumps from a real World War II era aircraft. About 20 students from around the country took part in the program.
Roberts is a self-proclaimed World War II history buff. He says this is different from any sort of reenactments he's ever been a part of.
"Reenacting is one thing, but when you step out of that aircraft, that is not reenacting. That is where the difference takes place at. This is where it becomes real life," he said.
Roberts hopes to return to Oklahoma in October to make another series of jumps.
Ultimately, Roberts says his goal is to honor veterans by making similar jumps in Europe, over places like Normandy.
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