Christmas Tree Ceremony at The Wall set for Dec. 16

(Photo: Deb Felmey)

On Saturday, Dec. 16, 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. on the East Knoll of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public.

Short remarks will be provided by VVMF CEO Jim Knotts. Volunteers will also 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. 16.

Wreaths Across America is also scheduled lay wreaths at the panels of The Wall. An exact time has not been set.

The Christmas Tree Ceremony remains a beautiful tradition led by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Volunteers and remembers all who served this holiday season.