On Saturday, Dec. 14, 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.
Short 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 3” x 5” in size and that it be laminated to withstand three weeks outdoors. The public may bring them to the ceremony on Dec. 14.
Wreaths Across America will also lay wreaths at the panels of The Wall. They are scheduled to arrive at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Friday, Dec. 13 at 12 p.m.
The Christmas Tree Ceremony remains a beautiful tradition led by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Volunteers as they remember the 58,276 service members with names inscribed on The Wall, and all who served this holiday season.