WATCH: Lackland Air Force base kicks off tree lighting ceremony, the first of several holiday celebrations

The ceremony begins and 6 p.m., base officials say

SAN ANTONIO – The holiday season is kicking off in Military City, USA, beginning with a tree lighting ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland on Wednesday.

Each area base location will participate in the annual holiday event. Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph’s takes place on Dec. 3 and Joint Base-Fort Sam Houston’s will take place on Dec. 4.

Lackland Tree Lighting Ceremony

Posted by Joint Base San Antonio on Wednesday, December 2, 2020

The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m., and a parade will follow the event beginning at 6:15 p.m., according to a statement from base officials.

“The holiday season can be difficult, especially when away from loved ones,” base officials said in a statement. “It’s important for our service members and their families to feel a sense of inclusion and tradition here. And, with the added stress of the worldwide pandemic, we hope this year’s ceremony will provide a little bright spot to our attendees.”

The event is open to Department of Defense cardholders. However, to maintain COVID-19 safety precautions and other preventive measures, in-person attendance is minimized and supplemented by a Facebook Live stream.

To access the Facebook live video, click here.

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