WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund honored veterans and active-duty military personnel on Monday during its 17th Annual Christmas Tree Ceremony at The Wall.

During the ceremony, representatives of VVMF placed a Christmas tree at the memorial and volunteers placed cards and ornaments hand-made by schoolchildren from around the country on the tree.

Speakers included Lt. Gen. Claude M. Kicklighter, USA (Ret.), and Chief Master Sgt. Jose A. LugoSantiago, USAF.

"The Wall is a sacred place, one where visitors are directly exposed to the most noble American values of duty, honor, courage and sacrifice," says Jan Scruggs. "This ceremony, now in its 17th year, has become a cherished part of the holidays. We are proud to show appreciation to our service men and women who have made and who are making tremendous sacrifices in the name of freedom."

Hand-made cards and ornaments were contributed by:

  • Girl Scout Troop 81601 of Middletown, Md.
  • John Cavallero from White Planes, N.Y.
  • Sacred Heart School from Bellevue, Wash.
  • M. Palmer from Panvers, Mass.
  • Ms. Malone's Kindergartners
  • VVMF staff
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