LYNN — Local veterans will be treated to a day of free deep sea fishing at the Lynn Harbor next month.
The office of Mayor Thomas M. McGee, the Department of Veterans Services, Economic Development & Industrial Corporation of Lynn (EDIC/Lynn), Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development (LHAND) and the Lynn Veteran’s Council have collaborated to host “Freedom Fish Lynn,” a day-long fishing derby and luncheon as a way to thank local veterans.
The fishing derby will be Saturday, July 20 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the ocean around Lynn Harbor and end at the Blossom Street ferry terminal where there will be a fish weigh-in and cookout. The rain date is the following day.
“The whole goal is to provide a fun fishing day for the veterans,” said James Cowdell, EDIC/Lynn executive director. “One hundred percent of whatever is raised will be allotted to local veterans, so it’s a nice event and we’re really excited about it.”
There will be about 20 fishing vessels that will be let out of the Lynn Harbor by a U.S. Coast Guard ship, which will be able to take up to 85 veterans out for a day of fishing, according to Cowdell.
“Events like this are good because it allows veterans to come together and do things that maybe they wouldn’t do on their own,” said Michael Sweeney, the city’s director of veterans services. “There’s a genuine benefit for veterans at events like this when they come together and enjoy each other’s company, to get that camaraderie again, to let veterans know they’re not alone.”
Sponsors for the event include Turner Inc., McGrath Enterprises, Community Credit Union, Curitiba Construction, Inc., Harvey Cohen Management, LHAND, G/J Towing, Thomas Davis Master Electrician, Coastal Heritage Bank, Affordable Housing of Lynn and Complete Cleaning Co., Inc.