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Christmas Parade continues tradition

By Sgt. Joshua Bozeman | | December 12, 2002

The City of Albany held the 12th annual Celebration of Lights Parade on the 61st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor Saturday.

Several members of the base community were on hand to view and participate in the event.

The parade kicked off with the lighting of the Christmas tree and was quickly followed by a seven-minute fireworks display that lit the sky with various hues of green, orange and white. Veteran Merrill Eubanks was chosen to light the City's Christmas Tree this year due to his involvement in World War II during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Both Maj. Gen. Bradley M. Lott, Commander, Materiel Command, and Col. Joseph Wingard, MCLB Albany Base Commander were guests of honor at the Parade. After participating in the parade, they climbed out of their Hum-Vs and took a place in the viewing box.

Children and adults of all races and genders watched as the two-hour parade produced many familiar and new sights to the spectators.

Among the parade participants were the Albany Marine Band, the base fire department and Sparky, safety pup, a military police car and the newly created Toys for Tots train.

During the parade, spectators were able to approach the train and donate Christmas gifts to the Toys for Tots Foundation.

The parade was just one more way families and friends of the community could take time to enjoy and celebrate the Christmas Spirit.