08 January 2016

Service Members, employees and families from the Fort Detrick community gather on Blue and Grey Field Dec. 3 for the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony, hosted by U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick Commander Col. Bob O’Brien. Santa Claus arrives on the back of a Fort Detrick Fire Department truck to the surprise of the children. Photo by Lanessa Hill, USAG Public Affairs
Fort Detrick Hosts Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
By: Nick Minecci, USAG Public Affairs
Under gray skies and a chill in the air, the Fort Detrick community gathered on Blue and Grey Field Dec. 3 for the annual installation holiday tree lighting. The Frederick High School choir, under the direction of Ken Lewis, serenaded those who gathered with songs from the holiday season; followed by remarks from U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick Commander Col. Bob O’Brien.

O’Brien then gathered all the children in attendance around the tree and, following several chants of “Go Army! Beat Navy!” the tree was lit to applause and cheers. The children were then surprised when, on the back of a Fort Detrick Fire Department truck, Santa Claus appeared.

After talking with the children, the group then moved to the Community Activities Center for light refreshments, more carols from the choir and pictures with Santa.
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