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Christmas Tree Arrives At Pa. Capitol

The Christmas tree in the Pennsylvania state capitol rotunda. (Credit: Tony Romeo)

The Christmas tree in the Pennsylvania state capitol rotunda. (Credit: Tony Romeo)

(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – The Christmas season officially arrived at the state capitol with a tree lighting ceremony in the rotunda last evening.

The guests of honor at the ceremony where the 21-foot Douglas Fir was lit were members of the military. Major General Wesley Craig, the state adjutant general, says this year, fewer than 150 members of the Pennsylvania Guard are currently deployed, the fewest since 9-11.

“In spite of this, there are still thousands of other service members who came from Pennsylvania who will not be able to share this holiday season with their loved ones. Our nation’s call to duty sends them somewhere in the world.”

Craig and others urged people to support the Trees for Troops program, which delivers farm-grown trees to the families of service members, by going to TreesForTroops.org.