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Annual Territorial Christmas program opens tonight

Gov. Togiola Tulafono will deliver his annual Territorial Christmas Address at tonight’s opening of the ASG sponsored Territorial Christmas Program, which is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the Malaeoletalu Fagatogo Pavilion and will be broadcast live on KVZK-TV.

A special part of the opening program will include a Gold Star Families Recognition — in honor of the families who lost a member of their family in a combat zone. The mission of Gold Star Family is to see that all 50 states and U.S. territories honor their Fallen Warriors with a Gold Star Family license plate.

The First Lady Mary Ann Tulafono will also turn on the lights for the territory’s Christmas tree.

Choirs from six government departments and offices will taking the stage to perform Christmas songs and skits for the Christmas program.

First on stage is the Governor’s Office, which will also provide hymns for the opening prayer service, and the last choir of the evening will be the Department of Public Safety.

The program continues tomorrow night with six departments and offices and the final night on Friday will have eight choirs with closing remarks offered by Lt. Gov. Faoa Aitofele Sunia. Some small departments and offices have been combined to make larger choirs.

The administration invites the public to come out to the Fagatogo malae to watch and enjoy the evening of Christmas song and music for the holiday season.

Togiola said this program “has become a wonderful opportunity to rejoice in the many blessings we enjoy as an island community through the joyful celebration in song, dance, skits and plays of the festive season.”