Vietnam Marine veteran is honored in Batavia

BATAVIA – Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally ill adults, recently fulfilled the final dream of Michael Lynch from South Elgin, a 68-year-old Marine veteran who requested a celebration of life. The event was held at the Lincoln Inn in Batavia.

With a life expectancy of less than three months, Lynch wanted to reunite with those he loves the most, his family and friends, according to a news release. The foundation’s Dreams for Veterans program also honored Lynch with a Dreams for Veterans challenge coin, a proclamation for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam war, and an accompanying Vietnam lapel pin to honor him for his bravery and courage.

Lynch served in the field as a lance corporal in the 1st Marine Division for two tours in Vietnam. The special tributes and an honor guard presentation were delivered by the honor guard of the 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines, and U.S. Marine Corps.

Lynch currently receives care from a Veterans Affairs hospital in Maryland. It had been more than 10 years since he and his family from South Elgin had all been together.

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