Dylan Carrejo and David Vacianna – both AmeriCorps alumni of 21st Century Conservation Service Corps programs – were the special guests of Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell at President Obama’s final National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on December 1st. Carrejo served with Texas Conservation Corps at American YouthWorks, while Vacianna served with Northwest Youth Corps in Oregon.
Carrejo also had the honor of introducing President Obama’s speech at the conclusion of the ceremony.
Read this blog from The Corps Network on Huffingtonpost.com to learn more about the event and the significance of the inclusion of Corps in one of the final public events of the Obama administration.
The lighting ceremony was aired on the Hallmark Channel on Monday, Dec. 5th. Highlights of the event can be seen here.
Who’s Introducing the President at the National Christmas Tree Lighting?
Later today, Americans can tune in to watch the Obama family’s eighth and final National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The annual ceremony, which took place last week on The Ellipse – a National Park Service property just south of the White House, is a tradition stretching back 94 years to President Calvin Coolidge.
As in past years, viewers can expect the president to conclude the evening with a speech about the meaning of the holiday season. But who will introduce his speech?