You may have noticed it was brighter on Camp Walker Thursday evening. That is because Camp Walker Chapel hosted the Area IV United States Army Garrison Daegu Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1st. This ceremony not only lighted the big Christmas tree in front of the chapel, but the lights all over Camp Walker. The lighting of the Christmas tree means the start of the holiday season, and Area IV community came together to celebrate the start of holidays.

"On behalf of our 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command friends, General Sullivan, USAG Daegu Commander Colonel Stephens, USAG Daegu Command Sergeant Major Abreu and Religious Support Office, we would like to welcome each and every one of you to the Area IV Annual Camp Walker Chapel Tree Lighting Ceremony," said CH(LTC) Sun Macupa, USAG Daegu Chaplain.

Sullivan began the countdown and members of the Area IV community who attended the ceremony joined him until everyone reach one and Camp Walker lit up.

Music was a large part of the ceremony. Attendees joined in singing various Christmas songs to get into the holiday spirit. The highlight of the evening were musical performances by the children from the Love and Hope Orphanage and the Area IV Christmas Cantata.

This was a joyous occasion but Acting Deputy to the Garrison Commander Don Lambrix reminded everyone to not forget our military members around the world and the single and unaccompanied Soldiers in the Area IV community.

"Please reach out to our single and unaccompanied Soldiers and make sure they are getting enough holiday cheer. For many this could be their first holiday away from home. On this festive occasion, let's take a moment to remember our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen around the world who will not be home this holiday season. Our hearts are with you," said Lambrix.

"We come from different states and countries with many different views and ideals, but right now we are standing here together, sharing a bit of holiday cheer. I know it can be a challenge to be away from your friends and families but before you despair, take a look to your left and to your right. You have friends and family here to celebrate the holidays within the Republic of Korea. Enjoy this unique opportunity to experience this holiday season with our Korean partners and neighbors, here in beautiful Daegu," said Lambrix.

Everybody was happy, taking pictures, talking with their friends and families. To top it off, Santa Claus joined this joyous ceremony, riding a fire truck that arrived in front of the Chapel. Everyone especially the children welcomed Santa and he of course handed out presents to the children to double the happiness.

"It was so beautiful", said Pfc. Lee, Hyun Chang. "The Christmas tree was so beautiful, and when everyone were counting down, we were all together as Area IV community. We counted as one family, and it was very comforting. The Camp Walker Chapel gave out hot food to make the ceremony much more joyous and make the atmosphere warm. I really look forward to the next year's Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. I would like to see it again."