WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker John Boehner says the 10,000 lights on the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree represent the "everlasting light" that entered the world with the birth of Jesus Christ.
Boehner hosted Tuesday evening's lighting of the 65-foot spruce from Colorado.
Eagle Scout Ryan Shuster of Colorado Springs flipped the switch as the crowd cheered, and the U.S. Air Force Band played "O Christmas Tree" and other holiday classics.
Boehner said the Christmas story should inspire the kind of joy felt by the shepherds of Bethlehem as the angels heralded Christ's birth.
The tree will be lit each night until the day after Christmas.
KKCO firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKCO 11News.powered by Disqus
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.