December 5, 2011 - Washington D.C. - The White House Christmas theme this year, according to the news source Stars and Stripes, is “Shine, Give, Share,” and on Wednesday, November 30, the first guests were allowed to view at least 37 decorated Christmas trees.
Amid the hoopla, one tree was dedicated to our fallen troops. Located near the entrance to the White House, it is expected to be viewed by about 85,000 visitors this holiday season. White stars and a gold rim help to keep the tree aglow and the stars represent and honor the war dead. Beside the tree is a large video monitor with flashing images of U.S. veterans who gave their lives for this country, along with messages from their families and brief biographies.
The largest tree in the White House stands 18.5 feet tall and it honors what is called "Blue Star Families,” relatives of American troops. Located in the Blue Room, it is decorated with medals, brass buttons, martial photos, battle ribbons and a camouflaged combat ornament in digitized green.
Decorators included volunteers from throughout theUnited Statesas well as personnel in the White House. The first guests to get a glimpse of the holiday finery were military families, children included.
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