The ‘O’Reilly Factor’ Features The Removal Of Bar Harbor Christmas Tree Memorial
The ‘O’Reilly Factor’, a highly rated program on Fox News hosted by Bill O’Reilly, sent a correspondent to Bar Harbor to question members of the town council about their decision to not allow Wreaths Across America to keep its display in Agamont Park.Wreaths Across America got the town’s approval in July 2011 to put the memorial in place. But last month, the town council voted not to allow it to continue and have the group remove the plaque.
The memorial was made up of a live, planted fir tree wrapped in Christmas lights and a plaque dedicating the display to ‘those men and women who in service to our country, were separated from loved ones during the holiday season.’
During the public comment period of this past Tuesday’s council meeting, Jesse Watters, a correspondent from the O’Reilly Factor, brought up the issue of the display’s removal with councilors. Watters asked the council to explain their decision to have it removed.
Bar Harbor council member and veteran, Bob Garland, said he voted against renewing Wreaths Across America’s lease for the site because he didn’t think it was a good fit for Bar Harbor.
The plaque has been removed by Wreaths Across America and they moved to a new site in Columbia Falls where another tree will remain perpetually lit.
What do you think? Was the Bar Harbor town council right or wrong in the decision to removed the memorial?
Here’s the video of interaction between Watters and the Bar Harbor town council.