Cindi and I went to the Gig Harbor Christmas tree lighting event this afternoon/evening. It was freezing out but was still very well attended. It is always fun to see and hear the excitement of the kids as they count down for the lighting of the tree and as they watch for the arrival of Santa on the back of a fire truck. The large American flag next to the festive tree was flying at half-staff in remembrance of the four Lakewood Police officers who lost their lives less than a week ago in a senseless act of violence. I think all who attended appreciated this visual reminder of those who have given their lives for us. It would be great if we all could remember and pray for the families of these fallen officers.