The holiday season can't start in Easton without lighting the Peace Candle.
And the candle can't go up without the help of volunteers.
Members of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental Rigging and Reinforcing Iron Workers donated their labor Wednesday to assure that the tradition carried on since the 1950s can continue.
Ironworkers Bob Keenan, Brian Kasznicki, Brian Wilson, Jason Rutkowitz and Chris Young joined crane operator Brett Gunther to help get the largest non-wax candle in the United States up in Easton's Centre Square, where it stands more than 100-feet tall.
Ironworker Ray Woodall made the arrangements.
The candle covers the Soldiers & Sailors monument each holiday season. Beatty Contractors of Nazareth donated the trucks used to haul the pieces of the candle from the public works complex. The city's public works department also helps with the candle.
The city broke a longstanding tradition last year, moving the lighting ceremony from the Friday after Thanksgiving to Saturday.
That new practice will remain in place this year. Check out the details on the Easton Main Street Initiative website.
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