The National Christmas Tree is Back On
There’s no doubt darkness surrounds Washington these days both literally and figuratively. Because of the government shutdown, we are learning quickly there are some things we take for granted. The National Christmas Tree is one of them.
Because of the government shutdown, the National Christmas Tree which is located in President’s Park and part of the National Park Foundation was shut off and the park closed. But, thanks to some great philanthropic work, it’s back on.
It’s not just the National Christmas Tree, there’s also the Statute of Liberty.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the Statute of Liberty would remain open, except for Christmas day. The state of New York is picking up the tab at a cost of $65,000 per day.
“We will not allow President Trump’s repugnant symbol of division close the true representations of who we are as a state and a nation,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“As we’ve done before when Washington’s dysfunction has shut down the government, New York will step up and ensure the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island remain open for the world to look to for strength and hope during this tumultuous time.”
Utah’s state government is paying staff at visitor centers at Arches, Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks, and Arizona is doing the same to keep the Grand Canyon open.
That’s the Christmas spirit. Considering how many visitors plan all year to visit some of these locations, it wonderful to see that.
Merry Christmas to all you.
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.
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