Local volunteers commemorate 9/11 by lending a hand

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Community members are remembering the September 11th attacks by stepping up and helping local veterans in need.

Over 70 volunteers spent the day at the Parkway Recreation Center sorting and packing food that had been donated by local residents.

One of the volunteers, Jeff Lynch of Utica, is a veteran himself. He heard about this opportunity through Facebook and got involved to give back to others who have also served our country.

I definitely feel for the soldiers who were injured and the families who have lost men and women so anything I can do to volunteer especially on a day like this I will do," said Lynch. "I think everyone needs to serve their country in one way or another."

Lynch also said partaking in service projects, especially for veterans, sets a good example for his young son.

"I have a two year old little boy and when he sees the flag he salutes," said Lynch. "Parents have to impress upon your kids what the country is about, what freedom is. Freedom isn't free so many men have had to die so we can live like this."

The food packages will be delivered to the Veterans Outreach Center and then

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