Back in November 2008 my wife Kim took me to a Trans Siberian Orchestra concert, after the concert I went online to see what they had, one of the things I found was a contest to set up your Christmas lights to TSO. There were a couple of videos showing what some people had done. I thought this was great stuff and there must be some product that helped get this done. What I found were Light-O-Rama and Animated Lighting. Both appeared to be great products; I've chosen Light-O-Rama. For Christmas 2008, we visited several websites and displays to figure out what we were jumping into. One of the shows that provided a great amount of inspiration is Mr. Glover's display in Murrieta, CA. Mr. Grover has a great tribute to our troops and their local fire department. Seeing this tribute brought me to tears a couple of times. You see, we lost our son Matthew who was in Baghdad on October 22, 2006. I knew then that I had to do the same for Rancho Cucamonga.
So after Christmas Kim and I went and bought a bunch of stuff; lights, garland, candy canes and a couple of trees. Soon with the help of one of our neighbors we'll start building some small 'mini' trees and putting more lights on the larger trees that we purchased.
During 2009, as I was putting the slide shows part of the display together, the city of Rancho Cucamonga began putting up new banners with pictures of the men and women serving our country. So my video tribute to our armed forces now had faces. This is the least I could do for all of them that defend our country and our way of life.
For 2011 Rancho Cucamonga has over 300 banners honoring the men and women of our community.
I would be remiss if I didn't include our fire and police departments in this tribute. While a lot of us don't think about it on a day to day basis, these men and women are placing their lives on the line keeping us safe in our homes and businesses.