Christmas lights are a common way to celebrate the holiday season, and a local veterans group is hoping to bring an impressive display to Mount Airy.
American Legion Post 123 is inviting organizations to set up light displays at Veterans Memorial Park this winter. Legion member Curtis Mundy is heading the effort to create a holiday trail of displays through the park.
“We think this is really important for the community and for the children,” said Mundy.
Mundy and Legion vice commander David Raborn said organizations of all sorts are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity. They expect many local churches and businesses will opt to take part in the holiday display. Up to 80 spaces of 30 feet square will be available to those wishing to take part.
Raborn said any holiday scene is welcomed at the park, with one exception.
“We will not allow any scenes which degrade another group’s scene,” remarked Raborn.
Each group’s area will be available for set-up after the Nov. 26 Thanksgiving parade. The holiday trail will be open to the community through Dec. 11.
Mundy said the best part about the trail is it’s free for the organizations which set up scenes and those who visit.
“There’s no charge, but we will ask for donations,” explained Mundy.
Mundy said there will be some costs associated with hosting the holiday scenes, citing the costly electric bill which could result.
The group also plans to serve hot chocolate and host live bands to provide music as folks wander among the displays.
While the group hopes to offset some costs associated with the event with donations from those who attend, it’s also hoping to receive sponsorship dollars from local businesses. A sponsorship buys an organization a spot on the flier for the event.
Legion members have been working hard to get everything up and running, but Mundy said he thinks it will pay off with smiling faces and holiday cheer.
“We get nothing out of this other than a lot of work and headaches,” explained Mundy, who spent nine hours with two other Legion members decorating a tank at the park in the days prior to the Independence Day holiday.
“We think it will be a great service to the community. It will be a nice place for families to enjoy the holidays.”
Raborn and Mundy noted there will be a cookout at Veterans Park on July 16 at for organizations sponsoring the event and those setting up displays.
For more information contact Mundy at 648-7500 or Raborn at 648-7709.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.