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Watters' World Showdown: Town Bans Christmas Tree Honoring Veterans

It was tradition in the town of Bar Harbor, Maine to pay tribute to American soldiers by putting lights on a tree. The memorial was a way to honor the veterans and celebrate the Christmas they missed out on during the Battle of the Bulge.


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Last month, the town council voted in favor of banning the tree, calling it “confusing” and “tacky.” O’Reilly Factor producer Jesse Watters traveled to Maine to find out why they canceled the tradition.

Those who support the tree argue that it was not about Christianity, but a symbol of hope and love. Paul Durost, from the American Legion, explained, “The memorial is about a historical event. And you can’t wipe that away by saying, well, it’s a Christmas tree.”


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Watters asked council members if they are against the White House Christmas tree that the president lights each year.

Ruth Eveland, the Bar Harbor Town Council chair, told Watters that it’s a “complicated symbol that most people did not understand completely.”

She had this message to veterans who may be offended by ban: “I’m sorry if their understanding of their success in service is dependent on lights on a tree.”

‘Wreaths Across America’ Executive Director Karen Worcester responded, “The freedom that they took away from us was already bought and paid for on the lives of the very men that they turned the lights out on.”


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