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Friends President John Hughes, left, joins Friends Board Member Zach Hartman in presenting a wreath decorated with military emblems at the Soldiers Home Holiday Tree Lighting Dec. 10. David Watkins, right, is administrator of the Home's Washington campus (Photo by Mary Bucci).

Friends President John Hughes, left, joins Friends Board Member Zach Hartman in presenting a wreath decorated with military emblems at the Soldiers Home Holiday Tree Lighting Dec. 10. David Watkins, right, is administrator of the Home’s Washington campus (Photo by Mary Bucci).

About 30 people from Friends of the Soldiers Home joined residents Dec. 10 for the annual holiday tree lighting extravaganza — the first held at the new Scott Building on campus.

This was the third year the Friends co-sponsored the program with the Home. Friends President John Hughes and Board Member Zach Hartman continued the tradition of presenting residents with a holiday wreath decorated with emblems from each branch of the military.

A choir provided entertainment and led a group sing-along, cookies and drinks were served and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus were on hand for visits and photographs. David Watkins, the administrator of the Soldiers Home Washington campus, led the group to the Scott Building courtyard for the lighting of a tall, beautiful tree. Everyone then sang “O Christmas Tree” in the crisp night air.

Friends of the Soldiers Home is grateful to residents and staff of the Home for again including us in this annual celebration.

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