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2021 National Christmas Tree lighting(11 images)

With first lady Jill Biden by his side and Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff in attendance, President Joe Biden expressed hope for the future Thursday night as he participated in the annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C.

General view of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse, and the White House in the background after the traditional lighting on Thursday, in Washington, D.C. The ceremony, introduced by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923, traditionally kicks of the holiday season in the nation's capital. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI
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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden light the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse, near the White House, on Thursday. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI
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First lady Jill Biden joins President Joe Biden on stage as he delivers remarks during the National Christmas Tree ceremony held at the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Photo by Oliver Contreras/UPI
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Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff wave as they arrive to join President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden to participate in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse, near the White House in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI
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