Governor Shumlin Participates in His Final Statehouse Tree Lighting Ceremony


The Golden Dome is officially in the holiday spirit.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin held his final tree lighting ceremony Thursday night.

Peggy and Joe Willis, both of Sharon, donated the tree in honor of two family members.

Peggy’s daughter April passed away in 2014, and April’s father passed away from cancer this summer. The tree was lit up in their memory.

Governor Shumlin said this time of year is an opportunity for Vermonters to feel united and rejoice in the holiday season

“That in Vermont we care about each other, we take care of each other. and we welcome everyone, regardless of their religion, regardless of the color of their skin, regardless of what their beliefs are. We’re all inclusive, and that really matters,” said Shumlin.

The tree stands more than 40 feet tall, and weighs over 3,200 lbs.

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