Downtown Needles, CA: Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Needles Memorial Tree.

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Downtown Needles, CA: Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Needles Memorial Tree.

A group of people celebrated the upcoming Christmas and Holiday Season during a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony held at the Needles Memorial Tree on Saturday, December 12th, 2015 in Downtown Needles, California.

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Every year, people from the community come to the Memorial Tree to place ornaments to commemorate loved ones who passed away.

Every December, the beautiful Memorial Tree overlooking Downtown Needles, California is decorated and lights are put up all over the Needles Memorial Tree for the Christmas and Holiday Season.

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Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson and volunteers from the community started putting up decorations and lights on the Needles Memorial Tree in the morning and by the afternoon, the beautiful Needles Memorial Tree.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson announced the lighting of the Needles Memorial Tree to ZachNews and during the Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 and days later, the Needles Memorial Tree was ready to shine after a team of volunteers worked hard to get the beautiful Needles Memorial Tree ready for the community.

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ZachNews was there at the lighting of the Needles Memorial Tree as City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget welcomed everybody to the Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget spoke about the Needles Memorial Tree and what the Needles Memorial Tree means to our community.

“This tree is dedicated to those who’ve had passed on; our relatives, our parents, our brothers and sisters, our children; those we hold dear to our hearts who have pass ahead of us. And especially for our military, the Vietnam veterans, those who were killed recently in San Bernardino, California. We have – a chance for anyone stopping by here on Broadway at the tree to add an ornament to remember those who they loved, ” said City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget.

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City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget then lead the countdown to the lighting of the Memorial Tree and seconds later, the Needles Memorial Tree was lighted up shining on the community.

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The group of people cheered at the lighting of the Needles Memorial Tree and took pictures in front of the lighted Needles Memorial Tree, including City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget and Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson.

City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget thanked Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson for coordinating together the project to decorate and light up the Needles Memorial Tree.

In a posted message on his Facebook Page, Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson thanked all the volunteers from the community who helped decorate and put up lights on the Needles Memorial Tree saying, “I would like to thank the volunteers that helped today. Wayne Yoney, Gary Hoffman, Racine Hoffman, Brody Barker, Lauryn Barker, Grace Hills, Matt Chadwick Sr., Matt Chadwick Jr, Robert Yee, and Mel Price for the use of his equipment.”

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson also gave a special thank you to former Needles City Council Member Richie Pletcher in starting this annual Needles Memorial Tree event.

** Video of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is at the following ZachNews on YouTube website address: **

 

If you would like to put up an ornament in remembrance of somebody who had passed on, please come place the ornament on the Needles Memorial Tree located at the northwest corner of West Broadway and G Street in Downtown Needles, California.

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