Christmas Tree Ceremony at The Wall set for Dec. 15

(Pictured: Christmas Tree at The Wall, Dec. 2015. Photo credit: Dan Arant)

On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Volunteers will host the annual Christmas Tree Ceremony at The Wall. The short ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public.

The United States Army Band Brass Quintet will perform some traditional holiday music before the start of the ceremony. Brief remarks will be provided by VVMF CEO Jim Knotts, volunteers will have the chance to share memories of the holidays in Vietnam, and families are encouraged to share stories of their loved ones. The public is encouraged to bring and speak about a special ornament or decoration they may have for the Christmas tree. A bugler is also set to play “Taps.”

After the ceremony, the volunteers will decorate a Christmas tree that will stand at the apex of The Wall throughout the holiday season.

If the public is interested in providing ornaments to be hung from the tree, it is requested that letters or cards be preferably 4” x 6” in size (about the size of a large holiday greeting card) and that it be laminated to withstand three weeks outdoors. The public may bring them to the ceremony on Dec. 15.

Wreaths Across America will also lay wreaths at the panels of The Wall. They are scheduled to arrive at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14.

The Christmas Tree Ceremony is a beautiful tradition led by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Volunteers as they remember all who served this holiday season.