- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Jan Brewer has lit the Capitol Christmas tree for the final time as Arizona’s chief executive.

Brewer called Monday’s lighting of the 21-foot blue spruce from the Coconino National Forest a “cherished tradition” at the state Capitol.

Brewer says the ceremony marks the official start of the holiday season in Arizona, and a time for good will and gratitude, family, friends and faith.

She also asked Arizonans to be thankful for the gift of peace and security, and to remember the men and women in the armed forces who are serving to protect those freedoms.

The tree lighting ceremony in the Executive Tower lobby included music from a choir of junior high school students from the Herrera School of Fine Arts & Dual Language in Phoenix.

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