IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. (WROC) – Three hundred green ribbons lined the roads in Irondequoit all to celebrate the memory of a teenager who died after being hit by a car. The incident raised red flags on pedestrian safety in the town of Irondequoit.
Michael Lynch was on his way to school when he was hit, three years ago, one month shy of his 15th birthday. He was taken off life-support two weeks later.
After the tragedy of losing Michael, the family came home to green ribbons on their street. Put up by friends and neighbors. Now, three years later the tradition continues.
“The ribbons are meant to represent hope and love and just his memory,” said Sara Reali, a longtime friend of the Lynch Family who lives nearby.
This year Lynch would have been a senior at Irondequoit Highschool where he was a student. This is a milestone the family still wanted to celebrate.
“This year is extremely important to me because it would be his senior year of high school. So, I was very appreciative of them organizing this,” said Patrick Lynch, Michael’s father.
The gesture has spread from their street to the entire neighborhood. Green ribbons now line Titus Avenue near the town’s I-square. They also can be seen up and down Saint Paul Boulevard in Irondequoit. It took roughly 30 volunteers, almost three hours. All to keep Michael’s memory alive.
Patrick Lynch says the ribbons stay up for weeks but, he has seen some still laid on trees from the first year the tradition began.
“April 13th commemorates when Michael passed so normally we keep them up to at least Easter time and these ribbons, these were just replaced the original ones were up. They were a little tattered,” said Lynch.
Along with a message of hope and love, a message from Patrick Lynch.
“I would hope something that would come out of this is instead of thinking where you have to be, think about the journey…Appreciate your journey,” said Lynch.