MONTGOMERY – Governor Bob Riley, First Lady Patsy Riley and Mrs. Ann Daniels of the Garden Club of Alabama will light the State’s Christmas tree during a ceremony that begins at 5:15 p.m. at the State Capitol on Friday, December 3. This year’s Christmas tree located at the top of the Capitol’s steps off Dexter Avenue is a 35 foot tall Eastern Red Cedar decorated with 20,000 white LED lights. The tree was donated by Anita and Clyde Holley on behalf of the Twilight Garden Club of Eclectic.
The Garden Club of Alabama sponsors the annual ceremony. The theme of the Christmas tree lighting ceremony each year is “Every Light a Prayer for Peace.” Governor Riley and Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange offer Christmas greetings at the event, and Lt. General Al Peck, Commander of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, will lead a special tribute to America’s military forces.
This year, Governor Riley is pleased to welcome Bradley Walker, an award-winning country and bluegrass artist from Athens, Alabama. Born with Muscular Dystrophy, Walker has overcome many obstacles on his way to success in Nashville’s music industry. Those in attendance will enjoy his distinct, baritone voice as he performs three songs of the season at this year’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.
The program for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony program is below.
Welcome and History of the Event- Mrs. Ann Daniels, The Garden Club of Alabama
Musical performance: “Christmas Time’s A’Comin’” performed by Bradley Walker, accompanied by Jerry Salley
Greetings and message from Governor Bob Riley
Greetings from Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange
Remembering Our Troops - Lt. Gen Al Peck, Commander, Air University, Maxwell
Christmas tree lighting - Governor Riley, Mrs. Riley and Mrs. Daniels
Musical performance: “Silent Night” performed by Bradley Walker, accompanied by Jerry Salley
Benediction - Dr. Dan Ireland
Musical performance: “Christmas in Dixie” performed by Bradley Walker, accompanied by Jerry Salley