CALEXICO — The City Hall lobby here was filled with holiday cheer and patriotic sentiment as Mayor Victor Carrillo plugged in the extension cord that lighted the Calexico Christmas tree Friday night.
This year the tree was decorated with U.S. flags and red, white and blue ornaments to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the tragedy of Sept. 11 this year.
Carrillo said the camaraderie of this year's lighting ceremony was especially symbolic as, "We as a nation, we as a state, we as a city and, more importantly, we as a people have come together.
"It makes it that much more poignant," he said.
Councilman Gilbert Grijalva told the audience of city staffers and Calexico residents that one positive thing that can be taken from the aftermath of Sept. 11 is "that we've all pulled together."