Community members tie yellow ribbons bearing the names of local soldiers, who are serving America this holiday season, to a tree of yellow lights at CES in Soldotna.
Yellow Ribbons were the theme of this year’s Soldotna Tree lighting celebration, “In addition to our traditional Christmas tree that we light with a star at the top, we have one tree with only yellow lights on it and tonight we added 26 yellow ribbons each with the name of someone from our community who is serving in the military.
Soldotna Mayor David Carey ties a yellow ribbon with the name of a local soldier, on the tree of yellow lights in front of CES in Soldotna.
The community and media has been wonderful in getting the word out and in the last eight days we went from having ten names to 26 names that we are honoring on our Yellow Ribbon Tree. We want everyone serving in the military to know that their home town is behind them and is praying for their safe return,” said Soldotna Mayor David Carey.
Soldotna Chamber intern Nate Gallagher and friends do the official honors of lighting the Soldotna tree.
After distributing all 26 ribbons to volunteers of all sizes, Mayor Carey asked Soldotna Chamber of Commerce intern Nate Gallagher and friends to do the official honors of plugging in the Christmas tree in front of the Central Emergency Services building across from McDonalds. Then the yellow ribbon volunteers, some climbing on shoulders of family or friends tied their ribbons to the Yellow Ribbon Tree.
Soldotna Mayor David Carey hands Michelle Glaves, Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, a yellow ribbon with the name of a soldier serving America, to be tied to the Yellow Ribbon Tree in front of the CES Station.
Several hundred families turned out on a mild evening to join in the tree lighting celebration and yellow ribbon tying ceremony. They were all treated to a visit from Santa Claus who arrived by CES Ladder Truck, hot cocoa, coffee, and punch from Kaladi Brothers, Safeway, and McDonalds. Iditarod Champion Mitch Seavey’s family was on hand with a sled and dog team from Seavey’s Ididaride and gave all waiting in line a fun run down Wilson street, which was closed for the festivity.
The 4 Peninsula Lads Barbershop quartet sing carols at the Soldotna Tree Lighting Celbration last week.
The sounds of Christmas carols could be heard inside and out as the 4 PeninsuLads barber shop quartet sang for all waiting for a turn on Santa’s lap and a dog sled ride. The Soldotna Tree Celebration was sponsored by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with many volunteers and local Chamber members.
Seavey's Ididaride provided free dog sled rides at the Soldotna Tree Lighting Celebration.
Community members hear Soldotna Mayor David Carey call out the names of local soldiers serving in the military this holiday season.
Scott Sundberg, Soldotna Public Works, lifts a holiday decoration into place.
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