The town of Middleborough's Board of Selectmen has voted to ban Christmas lights on a spruce tree in a town park that was donated in memory of a World War I Medal of Honor winner. The tree was decorated last year by a woman who organizes the town's Christmas festival. But the man who donated tree in memory of Patrick Regan, a World War I veteran, said decorating the tree was disrespectful and it was never intended to be 'a Santa Claus' tree.

Selectmen voted 3-2 to ban lights on the tree. The Enterprise of Brockton reports that the woman who decorated the tree, Muriel Duphily,  said she never meant to be disrespectful to veterans.