MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. -- Local community and service members, along with their families, attended the 19th Annual Twentynine Palms Winter Light Parade and tree lighting ceremony in Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 3, 2013.
The parade made its way through the downtown business district from Adobe Road to Highway 62 with many different floats on display, including those from local businesses, clubs, the fire department and the Combat Center.
While the parade normally is its own event, this year they combined with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at City Hall to promote max participation.
“Each year, this event provides a great opportunity for our community members and service members to get together and enjoy the spirit of Christmas,” said Cynthia Truitt, executive director, Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce.
Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 7, 1st Marine Logistics Group, decorated two military vehicles with Christmas lights to participate in the parade.
“It was a great experience for me to see all of the kids waving at us as we drove by,” said Cpl. Carlos Ochoa, landing support specialist, CLB-7. “It made me realize how important this event is to the community each year.”
The parade and tree lighting event are designed to bring everyone together as a community and get everyone in the spirit of the holidays.
“It’s an honor to see everyone coming out here supporting our local community as well as our military,” said Capt. Robert Moore, Combat Center Fire Department. “I love what I do, being able to protect the families of our military, and it is great to see all of the support from everyone else in the community for what we all do.”