Guam’s local, military communities welcome Christmas

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The 30-foot Christmas tree is lit during the Guam Chamber of Commerce’s 20th Annual Christmas Festival at Skinner Plaza in Hagatna Nov. 24. Local and military community members attended the event which welcomed the start of Christmas season. U.S. Navy photo by JoAnna Delfi
The 30-foot Christmas tree is lit during the Guam Chamber of Commerce’s 20th Annual Christmas Festival at Skinner Plaza in Hagatna Nov. 24. Local and military community members attended the event which welcomed the start of Christmas season. U.S. Navy photo by JoAnna Delfi

Guam’s local, military communities welcome Christmas

by: JoAnna Delfin | .
Joint Region Edge | .
published: December 03, 2012

Service members and their families on Guam joined the island community to ring in the start of the holiday season during the Guam Chamber of Commerce’s 20th Annual Christmas Festival at Skinner Plaza in Hagatna Nov. 24.

The event, themed “A Christmas to Remember,” featured dozens of booths and the tree-lighting ceremony of the 30-foot Christmas tree, which filled the island’s capital with holiday cheer.

Navy spouse Susan Sanchez attended the event with her children and said she was happy to see the festival on island as it will be her family’s first Christmas away from home.

“I wasn’t expecting something like this from such a small island like Guam,” she said. “It’s beautiful. I love the place; I love the lighting and all the small arts and crafts. It’s awesome.”

Guam Chamber of Commerce President David Leddy said the event not only allowed all members of the community to come together but also promoted the camaraderie between local and military leaders to show their support for one another during this special time of the year.

“A strong-standing relationship already exists between our civilian and military communities,” he said. “The coming together of all partners at the Chamber’s annual Christmas Festival is simply a testament of the ‘one community’ commitment. We could not celebrate without the participation and involvement of our military families and friends.”

Leddy encouraged those unable to make it to the event to view the light displays until Jan. 3.

“The Guam Chamber of Commerce invites all our military families to come down and enjoy the Christmas lights and month-long illumination of Skinner Plaza in Hagatna,” he said.

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