“President Trump Delivers Remarks at the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony”

[Music] thank you very much secretary Bernhardt we also have with us a very special people Congressman Jim Jordan congressman mark meadows and representative John Ratcliffe it’s an honor to be with everyone tonight and all across our LED milani and i would like to wish you a very very Merry Christmas and now the first lady will do the honors of lighting the National Christmas tree so we’ll count from five down to that very special number five four three two one [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] that’s beautiful thank you very much and let us show our appreciation to the incredible workers at the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service please did such an incredible job thank you very much and thank you as well to the US Marine Corps band and the Tucson Arizona Boys Choir you know that the chorus is fantastic and thank you very much Tucson Arizona thank you very much I also want to thank a special group of young wonderful people West Tennessee youth chorus they’re here and they’re doing beautifully in 1923 President Calvin Coolidge lit the first national Christmas tree later that night African American community centers held it out to a worship service on these grounds and during that service the Washington Monument was illuminated with a beautiful cross a powerful reminder of the meaning of Christmas more than two thousand years ago a brilliant star shone in the East wise men traveled far far afield I mean they were a long distance away and they came and they stood with us under the star where they found the Holy Family in Bethlehem as the Bible tells us when the wise men had come into the house they saw the young child with Mary his mother and fell down and worshiped him Christians give thanks that the Son of God came into the world to save humanity Jesus Christ inspires us to love one another with hearts full of generosity and grace joining us today are David and Sharon Hudson of the Salvation Army each year through their Angel Tree program The Salvation Army brings new gifts to more than 600,000 children David and Sharon are an inspiration to us all and David and Sharon thank you very much for being with us thank you also with us is Sarah Verado the wife of a wounded hero and the CEO of Independence Fund which serves wounded warriors during the holidays Sarah gives high-tech wheelchairs to veterans and hosts Christmas celebrations for those in recovery does a fantastic job and Sarah thank you very much your uplifting our nation thank you very much thank you Sarah thank you we’re forever in debt to the brave veterans and servicemembers we applaud their noble service there is nobody like them they are an inspiration to us all we also salute our incredible police and sheriff’s federal law enforcement Secret Service as well as our firefighters paramedics and first responders and thank you all for being here we have a lot of you here and again very very incredible special people thank you very much for being here and here tonight is Pastor Obed waragi of Bethany church in Nazarene in Miami his congregation serves Thanksgiving meals to families in need and now they are preparing their annual toy drive Pastor Obed thank you very much and we really do appreciate you being with us you are a special man who has done an incredible job people are talking about you all over our country what a great job you’ve done thank you very much faster and at Christmas we remember this eternal truth every person is a beloved child of God as one grateful nation we praise the joy of family the blessings of freedom and the miracle of Christmas on behalf of Melania and her entire family Merry Christmas and God bless you all thank you very much Merry Christmas everybody [Applause] [Music] you [Music]

Michael Martin

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