Washington, D.C - Thursday, President Bush and first lady Laura Bush flipped the switch to light the National Christmas tree on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. The U-S Army Band and the Singing Angels Choir from Cleveland, Ohio took the stage in a musical celebration.
The tree is the centerpiece of the Pageant of Peace celebration that runs on the Ellipse until early January.
The ceremony for its lighting featured an all star cast of performers, including Singer Eartha Kitt, country artist John Conlee and Tony-nominated actor Brad Oscar -- as Santa Claus.
The President took a moment to to acknowledge U-S troops, lauding the "sacrifice'' of American forces and their families before lighting the tree.