Tree Lighting Ceremony Kicks-off Holiday Season
Joel Himsl, Garrison Manager, Rock Island Arsenal, Santa, and the onlooking audience react to the lighting of the holiday tree at Heritage Hall in Bldg. 60 on Dec. 2.

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Rock Island, Ill. - U.S. Army Garrison-Rock Island Arsenal played host to the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Thursday, Dec. 2, at Bldg. 60, Heritage Hall.

"I'm very pleased to have such a large crowd on hand for this wonderful event," said Joel Himsl, Garrison Manager, Rock Island Arsenal. "The holiday season is a great time of happiness for all families. It is also a time to remember those who protect this nation, our Soldiers, Sailors, Airman, Marines and Coast Guard personnel, and their Families. I also ask that you remember the ultimate sacrifice of our fallen warriors, and the Families they have left behind. Please have a safe and happy holiday season."

Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves presided over the ceremony, providing gifts and holiday cheer for the large crowd. Santa led the crowd in a thunderous, "Ho, ho, ho," as the holiday tree lights came on. Morale, Welfare, and Recreation, provided apple cider and cookies, while the choir from St. Ambrose University, sang classic holiday songs.

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