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Updated: 12/27/2013 01:19:01AM

Vietnam vet pulling plug on holiday light display

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INVERNESS (AP) — A disabled Vietnam war veteran and his wife will pull the plug on their large display of Christmas lights on Jan. 5 because they aren’t physically able to continue putting it together.

Frank Sojka told the Tampa Bay Times that he’s just not able to continue putting up the winter wonderland outside his house in Inverness. The display includes more than 300,000 Christmas lights and a handcrafted outdoor display that includes an 18-foot high reindeer, nativity scene and Santa in his sleigh and is well-known in the area.

“My knees are shot,” said Frank Sojka, 68, who suffered severe injuries from a land mine explosion while serving in Vietnam. “I’ve loved it, but I simply can’t do it anymore.”

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