Photo Courtesy of Councilman Bob Holden’s Office
Elected officials, civic leaders, and grateful South Queens residents join hosts City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society on Saturday at a renaming ceremony to honor the legacy of the Rev. Lawrence Lynch: an Irish-American priest and longtime Woodhaven resident who comforted soldiers during World War II.
Ulrich sponsored legislation last year that called for renaming the patch of land at Rockaway Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue “Rev Lawrence E Lynch Memorial Triangle.”
According to the WCHS, Lynch often sought out the most dangerous battlegrounds to assuage the wounded and give dying soldiers their last rites, a Catholic ritual. On April 25, 1945, during the battle on Okinawa in Japan, Lynch was traveling with a soldier when a shell struck and killed him instantly. He was just 38 years old. More than 4,000 servicemen attended Mass at his graveside in Okinawa at the end of June, after victory had been secured.