Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) Honor Guard Team Leader Deputy John Lynch attended the 9/11 ten year anniversary ceremony in New York. He represented DCSO at the Commemorative Services along with many other law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Deputy John Lynch was joined by some of his family members, his brother Jim, who is on the Honor Guard with the High Point North Carolina Police Department, and his sister-in-law Denita, who is a Captain with the High Point North Carolina Fire Department.
Deputy Lynch started planning this trip in January 2011. He received support from Sheriff Weaver and Undersheriff Spurlock to represent DCSO on this somber day of remembrance (by giving him time off to attend, DCSO did not contribute any monetary funding).
Deputy Lynch said it was a moving experience with deep emotional feelings shown on the many faces of the civilians and stoic jaws set by the First Responders and Military Members. He said The United States Marine Corps, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band based out of Cherry Point, NC was on point for a parade down 6th Ave, from 43rd St to 55th and 7th Ave. Crowds of people sang and marched along with the parade while chanting USA, USA!!! Deputy Lynch said it was a patriotic and electrifying experience unlike any he has ever experienced before.
Deputy Lynch grew up in New York and would often take trips into the city. He was able to watch the Twin Towers being built and walked on the premises as a young man. He remembers having to lean his head back as far as he could in order to view them up close. Deputy Lynch said it is almost impossible to believe the enormity of the buildings and to watch them come down on TV. He also commented on how sobering it is to see the North and South Tower reflecting pools which are in the exact footprints of the towers.
Deputy Lynch attended an observance at Battery Park where a large portion of the park had flags called “Flags of Honor.” The names of all of those who died on 9/11 are written in red and blue stripes on the flag. One of these flags was purchased and brought back to DCSO by Deputy Lynch to be put on display. The proceeds from the sale of the flags will go to help the victim’s families of 9/11 and it will remind first responders at DCSO of the importance of their job and what America is fighting for.