AUSTIN – This holiday season, Gov. Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry give special thanks and recognition to our nation’s armed forces through military-themed Christmas decorations at the Governor’s Mansion. This year marks the first Christmas that the mansion has been decorated since the completion of its restoration this summer.
“As we look forward to celebrating this holiday season with our friends and family, it is of utmost importance that we take the time to remember those serving our country and preserving our freedom,” Gov. Perry said. “The First Lady and I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and encourage all Texans to keep our nation’s armed forces in their thoughts and prayers.”
“This year’s decorations are a constant reminder of those serving in the military who will sacrifice the company of family during the holidays to serve in the defense freedom,” First Lady Anita Perry said. “We owe a debt of gratitude to the selfless, brave men and women serving in our military.”
Each public room in the Governor’s Mansion will honor a different service branch – the Army is featured in the library, Marines and Navy in the state dining room, Air Force in the conservatory, and Coast Guard in the entry hall. Additionally, the stars placed in the garland on the staircase represent the 72 Texans who have received the Medal of Honor.
To view photos of this year’s Christmas Decorations, please visit http://governor.state.tx.us/photos/17925/ .