Waverly Lights staying on so serviceman returning home can enjoy Christmas

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WAVERLY, Iowa – A serviceman, who is deployed overseas, will return home to Waverly.

Thanks to a stranger, he will still get to enjoy the spirit of Christmas.

Waverly Lights is a tradition that has been in town for many years! But if you drive through town, you might be a little surprised to see the light show is still on weeks after Christmas.

John Wiechmann says he and his wife made the decision to “keep the lights shinning” after he met a woman and her three kids one night.

He says, “There was a mom and her three sons, and she was snap chatting with her husband, who was deployed overseas. You can see everything on video, but it’s not the same as being here in person. It’s not. So I told her, we’ll just keep the lights running until he gets home, so that he can see it.”

Wiechmann says this light show is now for this man and for all those who serve.

“The kids were saying oh this is so cool, and I was like I wish your dad was here. So this is up for him. Christmas is family. Christmas is friends, and that joy of Christmas is everything. It is.”

Waverly Lights will be running until January 20th. All the money raised from this show goes to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

The soldier should be returning home next week, on January 17th.

Amanda Gilbert

Amanda Gilbert

Multimedia Journalist
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