Every Light a Prayer for Peace, Christmas tree lighting set for Dec. 7

The annual Every Light a Prayer for Peace and Christmas tree lighting ceremony, sponsored by the Cultura Garden Club, takes place Dec. 7 at 4:15 p.m. on the steps of the Franklin County Courthouse. Recognition of Veterans, frontline workers, first responders, EMA and other volunteers will take place.

Groups involved in participating in this event include the Russellville High School Ensemble and the Russellville Elementary School fifth grade chorus. The RHS JROTC will post the colors, and Lauren Ritter will sing the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

Retired General Troy Oliver and Brenda Oliver will lead the crowd in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The Prayer for Peace message will be presented by Toby Chastain, Russellville Methodist church minister. The invocation and Closing Prayer will be given by Brad Rush, North Highland Church of Christ/Lads to Leaders director.

The Russellville High School Drama Department members will present the reading of the poem “Light A Candle.” The combined choruses will sing “Let There Be Peace on Earth” along with those assembled. The program will conclude with the playing of “Taps” by Jeremy Willis, RHS band director.

Immediately following the event, the official Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be presented by the Cultura Garden Club members.

The annual Russellville Christmas parade will follow this celebration, and it starts at 6 p.m.

The Roxy’s Christmas Spectacular will begin at 7 p.m. at the Historic Roxy Theatre.

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