State Rep. Donna Veach presented Berlin resident John Lynch, a Korean War era veteran, with a legislative citation in honor of him being named Veteran of the Year by the New Britain Veterans Council. Veach read the citation at a Dec. 7 dinner dance at VFW Post 511 in New Britain.
"I was raised to understand and appreciate the debt we civilians owe to our veterans and their fight to protect the way of life we're all lucky enough to enjoy," Veach said. "Events like this one are truly wonderful to be a part of and I'm honored to have been asked to speak on behalf of men like John who have given so much."
A press release from Veach’s office states, “John’s dedication to this country didn’t just end with his service. He’s a member of Franco-American War Veterans Post 26, General Haller Post 111, Military Order of the Devil Dogs, past president of the New Britain Veterans Council, past commandant of the Marine Corps League-Hardware City Detachment 781 [and] volunteers in the annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign.”
Also, Lynch has served as a ceremonial host at Memorial Day and Veterans Day services in New Britain.
In a social media post, the New Britain Veterans Council said the Dec. 7 gathering was “a wonderful evening celebrating those who served, those we've lost, our community's commitment to its veterans and, of course, our Veteran of the Year, the one and only John Lynch, a proud Marine and someone who has dedicated his life to serving his fellow New Britain veterans. Congratulations, John, thank you for a lifetime of committed service and friendship.”