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Seasons Greetings: The 76th Colonel of the 2d Cavalry Regiment, Col. Keith Barclay welcomes members of the German and American Communities to the annual tree lighting ceremony on Rose Barracks Thursday, Dec. 8.
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VILSECK, Germany – The yuletide season has officially begun as Dragoons from the 2d Cavalry Regiment and members of the Rose Barracks and Vilseck communities gathered in the Post Exchange parking lot Thursday night, Dec. 8, for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree.
Special guests for the evening included the Mayor Hans Schertl of Vilseck, Col. Keith Barclay, the 76th Colonel of the 2d Cavalry Regiment, Deputy Garrison Commander Jim Van Patten and Col. Bryan Rudacile, Commander of the Joint Multinational Training Command.
“It is great to be home for the holiday season,” Barclay said. “It is wonderful to have both the German and American communities here tonight.”
“As you know last year many of us were separated throughout the deployment and were not able to spend this very special time with family and friends,” he continued. “As we light this tree I want you all to think of those American and German Soldiers and civilians who are deployed from home this holiday season and say a pray for them and their families.”
“Remember their families who must endure this time apart during this special season,” he said. “Freedom for all comes at a price for a few.”
“As a community we honor their sacrifice,” he continued, “and do what we can to support those here on the home front.”
Highlights of the evening included carols sung by the Vilseck Elementary and High School Choirs. The evening was concluded with a visit from Santa Claus and St. Nicholas. The jolly pair arrived on a fire truck and handed out gifts to all the children.