- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 29, 2013

As President Obama readies a possible military strike against Syria Thursday, the White House 2013 Christmas ornament is going on sale with the slogan, “Peace on Earth.”

The White House Historical Association is advertising the new ornament on its website and on signs around town, including one in Lafayette Park across from the White House. This year’s ornament honors Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president, who pushed for a precursor to the United Nations.

The center of the ornament depicts an American elm tree planted by Mr. Wilson on the North Lawn of the White House on December 18, 1913, just before Christmas. It includes a wreath of olive branches, with two peace doves perched on the branches.

The reverse side is inscribed with part of Mr. Wilson’s message to Congress of April 2, 1917, as the U.S. prepared to enter World War I: “Peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty.”

The ornament is available for $18.95.

• Dave Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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