A local veterans group has lit up Veterans Memorial Park, and there is still more to come.
The American Legion kicked off its Christmas light program at the park this past Saturday, according to organizer Curtis Mundy. There are about a dozen displays at the park, with another 8-10 to come. There is also an associated event planned in the near future.
Mundy said multiple area businesses and groups are taking part in the opportunity to show some holiday spirit. Some local schools also have displays at the park.
The project has been such a good community outreach project that the time frame for the light displays has been expanded. The lights will remain on display through the Christmas holiday, according to Mundy.
Mundy said about 100 visitors took advantage of the opportunity to meander through a lit-up Veterans Park in the first four evenings in which the displays were open for viewing.
Though the park is open every evening, Mundy said Saturday will be a special night at the park. Chorus groups from some elementary schools will perform beginning at 5 p.m. and ending at around 7 p.m. Each group of children will sing for about 30 minutes.
Additionally, the legion will provide a barbecue dinner at the rate of $8 per plate or $5 for a sandwich, said Mundy. All proceeds will be put toward providing a dance for handicapped children, and additional donations are encouraged.
“It will be a great opportunity to support the cause, listen to the little ones sing, eat dinner and enjoy the lights,” said Mundy of Saturday night’s event.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.