Battle waged over Hightstown war monument

A Civil War monument in Hightstown bears the names of local soldiers who lost their lives in the war. Some believe hanging Christmas decorations on the monument, however, is disrespectful.

Architect Richard Pratt and other commission members are so upset that they resigned from Hightstown's Historic Preservation Commission in protest of how the City Council reached its decision to display the decorations.

Pratt believes Christmas lights and decorations, such as those already up downtown, are appropriate, but not on a monument dedicated to soldiers who died for their country.

News 12 New Jersey tried to get a comment from the commission member who supports Christmas decorations at the memorial, but we were not able to reach him.

For an extended interview with Architect Richard Pratt, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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