Have a holly, jolly fratricidal war

Hightstown, NJ boasts a Civil War monument dedicated (in the words of its inscription) to the memory of local men “who gave their lives as a sacrifice for their country and humanity.”  This year the local dignitaries have decided to jazz it up with some Yuletide cheer.

The project, called Lights on the Square, calls for strands of garland lit with different colors to be draped from the top of the monument and anchored on the ground, mimicking the shape of a traditional Christmas tree and establishing Monument Square as an additional town center and holiday celebration site.

The project will start Nov. 25 with a lighting ceremony that will include additional lights in surrounding trees.

Sounds about as classy as a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer sweater.

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