We attended the Courthouse/Post Office/Christmas Tree Lighting and Time Capsule burial last Friday night, December 8 in downtown Texarkana and the weather cooperated, thank goodness. 

As you may recall, Texarkana had about a 60% chance of rain last Friday evening and there were a few umbrellas scattered about, just in case. Luckily no one needed them and everything turned out very well done.

Texarkana Chamber of Commerce President Denis Washington opened up the festivities with a few remarks and a prayer.

Dennis Washington speaks - Texarkana Christmas Lighting Downtown - JimWeaver
Denis Washington speaks - Texarkana Christmas Lighting Downtown - JimWeaver
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Followed by a speech from Texarkana, Texas Mayor Bob Bruggeman.

Mayor Bob Bruggeman speaks - Texarkana Christmas Lighting Downtown - JimWeaver
Mayor Bob Bruggeman speaks - Texarkana Christmas Lighting Downtown - JimWeaver
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A few more remarks from Texarkana, Arkansas Mayor Allan Brown.

Mayor Allan Brown speaks - Texarkana Christmas Lighting Downtown - JimWeaver
Mayor Allan Brown speaks - Texarkana Christmas Lighting Downtown - JimWeaver
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Then US Congressman Nathaniel Moran, Representative of Texas District 1 gave his speech and had the honor of counting down the lighting.

Congressman Moran speaks - Texarkana Christmas Lighting Downtown - JimWeaver
Congressman Moran speaks - Texarkana Christmas Lighting Downtown - JimWeaver
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Texarkana Christmas Lighting Downtown - Red - JimWeaver
Texarkana Christmas Lighting Downtown - Red - JimWeaver
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The next item up for the evening was the Time Capsule burial.

Time Capsule going in - Downtown Texarkana December 8 - JimWeaver
Time Capsule going in - Downtown Texarkana December 8 - JimWeaver
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Shortly after the time capsule went in, the on-hand DIGnitatries got to shovel in the first dirt.

DIGnitaries -Time Capsule - Downtown Texarkana December 8 - JimWeaver
DIGnitaries -Time Capsule - Downtown Texarkana December 8 - JimWeaver
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Some of the lucky citizens in attendance got to do the same.

Everyone is pitching in -Time Capsule - Downtown Texarkana December 8 - JimWeaver
Everyone is pitching in -Time Capsule - Downtown Texarkana December 8 - JimWeaver
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Including yours truly below.

Jim Weaver burries the Time Capsule - Downtown Texarkana December 8 - JimWeaver
Jim Weaver buries the Time Capsule - Downtown Texarkana December 8 - JimWeaver
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And Mario Garcia too.

Mario Garcia burries the Time Capsule - Downtown Texarkana December 8 - JimWeaver
Mario Garcia buries the Time Capsule - Downtown Texarkana December 8 - JimWeaver
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The Time Capsule will not be opened until 2073, my guess is that was my only time to get to see it, but what an honor it was to be a small part of the evening.

Congratulations TXK150 volunteers, you have done a fantastic job with Texarkana's Sesquicentennial.

Happy Birthday once again Texarkana, we look good for 150 years old!

Texarkana Chamber of Commerce

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