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Easton lights peace candle in Center Square

Easton lights peace candle in Center Square

EASTON, Pa. - Another sure sign that the holidays are here, in Easton, the downtown night sky is once again lit up by the Peace Candle.

It's the 60th anniversary of the event and there was one very excited young candle lighter.

It started with a parade around Center Square where everyone could join in.

"It's awesome I do it every year," said Felicia Tomino of Easton. "It's a tradition to come down here and see all the people get excited about coming to see the candle being lit."

"It's a great Easton tradition," said Mark Searles. "A lot of neat history downtown here and it's a nice annual thing to do while we're all home for Thanksgiving."

"I think it will be amazing because I love the peace candle so much," said Mary Elizabeth Soffera. She was the one who flipped the switch on the Peace Candle. "We practiced at the kitchen and pap pap said 'one, two, three' and then we lit it up."

For Soffera her dream of lighting the Peace Candle came true. Her grandfather Ed Dietrich was the highest bidder in an eBay aution to light the candle. He says it was Mary Elizabeth's idea because she is always collecting money for the Easton Holiday committee.

"Everytime they come around town they want to see the candle. So we raised some money with snow cones last year," said Dietrich.

So now the shining light of peace is burning bright once again and for some it took the wishes of a child to remind us that this holiday season we should all show goodwill towards our fellow man.

"I was born here, lived here all my life, and I guess you take a lot of things for granted but at least with the candle you can relate to something. Something worth visiting," said Searles.

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