FORT MCPHERSON, Ga. --"As we approach the holiday season in this time of war, let's take a moment during the festivities to remember our fellow Soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, the Middle East and other places far away from home," said Maj. Gen. John A. Yingling, guest speaker for the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at Fort McPherson held Dec. 2.

"As we enjoy spending time with our loved ones, let's say a prayer for freedom, peace on earth and that those serving far from home will soon be joined safely with their families."

Yingling, who is the deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7 for U.S. Army Forces Command, spoke on behalf of the command leadership, expressing "hope for peace and happiness during this season" to the crowd gathered in the chilly weather outside the post's library.

Although millions of people around the world celebrate the season differently, it's a standing tradition to light the community Christmas tree on post, Yingling revealed.

The tree may add twinkle and sparkle to the world and a smile to the faces of many who look at the lights and colorful ornaments entwined on the tree.

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