Teditorial: Young Marine, representing Sun region, travels to Iwo Jima

Following high school, Megan Lynch plans to attend Biola University and earn a degree in Education and English with a minor in Theology. Courtesy photo

Recently, one of the members of the Southeast County Young Marines was named the Division 6 Young Marine of the Year. The Southeast County unit meets in Seal Beach and its members have been featured in many events in and around the city.

YM/SgtMaj Megan Lynch, 16, of Fountain Valley, representing Division 6, will now be in competition for the National Young Marine of the Year. Division 6 includes six states: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California, and Arizona. The Southeast County Unit is under the command of Brian Dochnahl.

“Being named Division 6 Young Marine of the year is such a powerful feeling,” Lynch said. “I feel motivated and extremely excited for the next chapter of my Young Marine career. I can’t wait to inspire passion and positivity.”

Currently, Lynch is travelling to Guam and Iwo Jima to represent Division 6 and help escort WWII Veterans to the annual Reunion of Honor trip to the islands.

“Megan Lynch is an exceptional individual,” said Col William P. Davis USMC (Ret), national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “In fact, each division winner shares the qualities of leadership, self-confidence, and good citizenship, and each lives a healthy drug-free lifestyle which is a cornerstone of the Young Marines. It will be quite a challenge to select just one as the National Young Marine of the Year.”

The Young Marines began in 1959, with one unit and a handful of boys. There are now six divisions, 270 units and more than 9,000 youths and 2,600 adult volunteers across the country. For more information, visit www.YoungMarines.com.

Ted Apodaca is the editor of the Sun News. He can be reached at 562-317-1100 or at editor@sunnews.org.