FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — Fort Leonard Wood’s annual tree-lighting event will be held virtually this year, with audiences invited to view a live-stream of the ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on the installation’s Facebook page at Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation had originally planned to hold a scaled-back in-person event with social-distancing and masks, the decision was made Monday to switch to a virtual format due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Missouri.“We’re basically going to keep the same timeline as we had before; it’s just going to be live-streamed now,” said Eli Wilson, FMWR Community Activities manager.The tree-lighting event will begin with an invocation, followed by music by the 399th Army Band and the announcement of the winners of this year’s Cards to the Community contest. Santa will make an appearance and read the holiday classic, “The Night Before Christmas.” A Fort Leonard Wood senior leader will then make brief remarks before activating the switch to illuminate the installation Christmas tree.Cards to the CommunityRegistration is open until Friday for the annual Cards to the Community contest.The free contest is open to organizations and individuals who sign up to construct and decorate their own 4-by-8-foot holiday cards, then set up and secure them in an assigned space at Joint Services Park.Participants can register in person at the Installation Wide Events office, Bldg. 270, Room 1105, by calling 573.596.6913 or visiting The top three entries will be awarded ribbons.See for more details about the contest and the tree-lighting event. Updates will be posted to