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ROC Airport Canopy Lights The Skies White, Blue, And Gold In Honor Of Bellavia

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo today announced that the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) terminal canopy will light the skies white, blue, and gold tonight in honor of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, who will receive the Medal of Honor tomorrow in Washington, D.C.

“Staff Sgt. Bellavia is one of most brave and heroic individuals to ever call New York home,” said Dinolfo. “When we teach our children what it means to be an American, what it means to be a real hero, he is the example we can point to: a living embodiment of the virtues of service and sacrifice that have come to define the American people. Our county, our region, and our entire nation is forever indebted to Mr. Bellavia, and there is no one more worthy of receiving the Medal of Honor.”

The canopy will be lit white, blue, and gold tonight and tomorrow night, following the Medal of Honor ceremony tomorrow afternoon. Bellavia is receiving the Medal of Honor for heroic acts conducted in Fallujah, Iraq, on November 10th, 2004.

Bellavia is the first living Iraq War veteran to receive the Medal of Honor. He will receive the commendation at a ceremony at the White House tomorrow, June 25th.

ROC Airport joins other buildings from around the region in honoring Bellavia for his incredible heroism and bravery.