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Local Vietnam veteran gets holiday light surprise

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Jim Falls (WQOW)- One local veteran battling cancer, and his family, got a surprise Monday thanks to a special program that is keeping an annual holiday tradition alive.

For Vietnam veteran Dave Canfield and his family, it was always a competition to see which family member could be the first to decorate for Christmas. This year, a diagnosis of esophageal cancer meant there would be no lights, until Green Oasis stepped in to light up the Canfield home in red, white and blue.

The Decorated Family program has been surprising military families with decorations free of charge for the past 17 years.

"Just to be able to see the family's reaction, and to see how much they appreciate it, and how thankful they are is pretty rewarding in itself," Green Oasis employee Mitch Kitzrow said.

Green Oasis spent all Monday afternoon decking the halls at the Canfield home, and Monday night was the big reveal.

Dave and his family at light reveal.

"It was just unbelievable," Dave Canfield said. "The red, white and blue, and all these people here. I was coming around the corner, and it was just nothing but cars parked all over."

Green Oasis decorates two homes in the Chippewa Valley each year.

Jess Langlois

Jess Langlois is the weekend meteorologist and weekday multi-media journalist for News 18. She joined us in July of 2019.

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