COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- After recent controversy surrounding it, a longtime memorial to veterans in Downeast Maine has now been placed in a new spot.
For a long time Bar Harbor used to have a small lighted tree in one of the town's parks. The perpetual tree was placed there by Wreaths Across America. It was supposed to serve as a reminder of the sacrifices veterans have made especially those who died in service to the U.S.
Recently Bar Harbor's town council decided to get rid of the tree. Town leaders claimed having lights on the tree made it look like a Christmas tree and they worried that would offend visitors to the town who are non-Christian. In response Wreaths Across America set up a larger lighted tree near their museum in Columbia Falls.
Organizers also took lights from the old tree and kept them lit for the trip over to the new tree. It was officially lit at a special event for veterans and their families Sunday evening. Many in attendance said they were glad that the tree's message has been kept alive.
"It's something that will never be forgotten at least by me," said Wilbur White, who served in the Korean War and also lost his brother during the conflict, "and it makes me feel good to know that someone remembers."
Wreaths Across America also held a day of events for veterans to mark the lighting of the new tree. They included an outdoor concert as well as a fireworks display.