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Lighting of the Christmas Tree

By 1Lt Javier Donesteve
First published in
SFOR Informer#103, December 20, 2000

Sarajevo- Presided by COMSFOR, Lieutenant General Michael Dodson, and organised by the German National Support Element (NSE), the "Lighting of the Christmas Tree" ceremony took place at Butmir Camp on Sunday 03 December.
After a few words by COMSFOR, a prayer was said by Theatre Chaplain, Colonel Gene Fowler, US Army. This was followed by a short concert performed by the Base Chaplain Alfred Vaupel-Rathke. He offered a trumpet version of Haendel's composition "Daughter-Zign", as well as the Traditional German song "Macht-Hoch-Die-Tuer".
Everyone there was invited then to a tasting of Glühwein, which consists of warmed wine with spices and fruits.

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