The small town of Milford, Pennsylvania may be forced to stop a local tradition of lighting an Easter cross. The decades long practice is performed on land which is now owned by the government, having been bought by the National Parks Service (NPS) in 2015.
The Easter cross is at the top of a cliff which overlooks the town, providing locals with a view of the celebration. The Lions Club, which takes care of the cross, also performs a Christmas tradition of lighting a star at Christmastime. The club applied for permits to operate the star and cross, wince the NPS takeover of the land.
The Daily Caller reports:
The group received permission to light the star, club president Jeffrey Phillips said, but after an official “said he couldn’t sign” the permit for the cross, the group withdrew their application out of fear the NPS would take away their permit to light the star as well. Phillips said the decision comes in light of other obstacles the club has faced in trying to keep the cross going.
“They’ve taken our lock off the gate and installed their own, and put ditches across the road from the entrance,” Phillips told the media. “Most of our members are older now or retired too. It just made it very difficult. We’ll have to find someplace else to put it.”
Disappointed residents hope the tradition will be able to continue, with one local saying. “It just is peaceful. I don’t understand why anyone would want to take it down. It’s been part of this community for a long time and I don’t know anyone that complains about it. It’s Milford. To take it away would be very sad.”