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Ellsworth tree lighting glows with holiday spirit

A light shines bright during a tree lighting ceremony at the Freedom Chapel on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 30, 2018. Airmen and their families came out to celebrate the lighting of the base tree and to start the holidays in a festive and family-friendly environment where multiple religions were represented. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

A light shines bright during a tree lighting ceremony at the Freedom Chapel on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 30, 2018. Airmen and their families came out to celebrate the lighting of the base tree and to start the holidays in a festive and family-friendly environment where multiple religions were represented. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Santa Claus visits the 28th Bomb Wing during a tree lighting ceremony at the Freedom Chapel on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 30, 2018. Airmen and their families came out to celebrate the lighting of the base tree and to start the holidays in a festive and family-friendly environment where multiple religions were represented. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Santa Claus visits the 28th Bomb Wing during a tree lighting ceremony at the Freedom Chapel on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 30, 2018. Airmen and their families came out to celebrate the lighting of the base tree and to start the holidays in a festive and family-friendly environment where multiple religions were represented. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Members of the 28th Bomb Wing gather for a tree lighting ceremony at the Freedom Chapel on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 30, 2018. Airmen and their families came out to celebrate the lighting of the base tree and to start the holidays in a festive and family-friendly environment where multiple religions were represented. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Members of the 28th Bomb Wing gather for a tree lighting ceremony at the Freedom Chapel on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 30, 2018. Airmen and their families came out to celebrate the lighting of the base tree and to start the holidays in a festive and family-friendly environment where multiple religions were represented. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Col. John Edwards, the 28th Bomb Wing commander, gives a speech during a tree lighting ceremony at the Freedom Chapel on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 30, 2018. Airmen and their families came out to celebrate the lighting of the base tree and to start the holidays in a festive and family-friendly environment where multiple religions were represented. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Col. John Edwards, the 28th Bomb Wing commander, gives a speech during a tree lighting ceremony at the Freedom Chapel on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 30, 2018. Airmen and their families came out to celebrate the lighting of the base tree and to start the holidays in a festive and family-friendly environment where multiple religions were represented. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Children listen to a speech during a tree lighting ceremony at the Freedom Chapel on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 30, 2018. Airmen and their families came out to celebrate the lighting of the base tree and to start the holidays in a festive and family-friendly environment where multiple religions were represented. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Children listen to a speech during a tree lighting ceremony at the Freedom Chapel on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 30, 2018. Airmen and their families came out to celebrate the lighting of the base tree and to start the holidays in a festive and family-friendly environment where multiple religions were represented. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Airmen and their families listen to a speech during the tree lighting ceremony at the Freedom Chapel on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 30, 2018. Airmen and their families came out to celebrate the lighting of the base tree and to start the holidays in a festive and family-friendly environment where multiple religions were represented. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Airmen and their families listen to a speech during the tree lighting ceremony at the Freedom Chapel on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 30, 2018. Airmen and their families came out to celebrate the lighting of the base tree and to start the holidays in a festive and family-friendly environment where multiple religions were represented. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Capt. Benjamin Quintanilla, a 28th Bomb Wing chaplin, delivers a speech at the Freedom Chapel on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 30, 2018. Airmen and their families came out to celebrate the lighting of the base tree and to start the holidays in a festive and family-friendly environment where multiple religions were represented. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Capt. Benjamin Quintanilla, a 28th Bomb Wing chaplin, delivers a speech at the Freedom Chapel on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 30, 2018. Airmen and their families came out to celebrate the lighting of the base tree and to start the holidays in a festive and family-friendly environment where multiple religions were represented. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. --

The Ellsworth Air Force Base Chapel hosted their annual tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 30 to start the holiday season. Airmen and their families came out to enjoy the festivities. Multiple faiths were represented by base members who spoke about their holiday traditions.  

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