Veterans Christmas Tree in Middlebourne Stands to Remember Local Heroes
A Christmas tree located at the gazebo on Main Street, Middlebourne, stands to honor veterans this holiday season. Cathy Post, of the American Legion Auxiliary, Tyler County Unit 48 came up with the idea and proposed it at a meeting where the notion was voted on. The idea blossomed from there.
The tree was donated to the auxiliary by Aileen Daugherty. The auxiliary then bought 900 new LED lights and invited people to place ornaments, featuring their beloved veterans’ names (living or deceased), branch of service and years/wars served. The response was amazing with people bringing several different ornaments. The auxiliary also tried to add names of veterans that might not have had family available to do the honor for them.
Post donated the icicle lights and those were hung by Roger Blizzard, a member of Post 48. Commander Roger Post helped set up the tree, wire it off and hung swags donated by the city.
The auxiliary has requested that people maintain a patriotic theme using red, white, blue, clear, gold or silver bulbs and wire them on, due to the possibility of inclement weather. Also, if residents are honoring a Gold Star veteran, they could implement a gold star; anyone honoring a Purple Heart veteran may place a purple bulb on the tree.
There was tree lighting at 6:30 on Dec. 1 when several members of the community showed up. There was a prayer for the veterans and active duty troops, and two little children – Levi and Annalee Lydick – made a little video wishing the veterans a Merry Christmas. Since then, the city has offered a 10 foot tree for next year, and there will be an official tree lighting with Santa, some singing and other activities. Everything is done out of respect to the troops and veterans everywhere. The auxiliary wishes to thank Jane Glover, Angela Baker, Patty Jones and Cathy Post for help with decorating the tree. The auxiliary looks forward to decorating a larger tree next year with yet even more veterans/troops names. Anyone wishing to help out , or make inquiries, may contact Cathy Post at 304-758-5114.