It’s time to bid farewell to 2008 — for some, the start of the new year can’t come soon enough, while others will say goodbye to the old year with fond memories and a wistful reluctance to give up 2008 to history.
This past year, airmen once again deployed to do their part in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, leaving families to watch the skies and pray for their loved ones’ safe return. This holiday season, the economy back home imploded, the pound sank and community members were left with the mixed blessing of less cost-of-living allowance and a stronger dollar.
Still, despite all the doom, gloom and uncertainty at home and abroad that seem to be escorting us into 2009, folks still managed to enjoy their holidays, celebrating and even giving a little bit of themselves in the process. It doesn’t cost a thing to do a good deed.
On this page and the next are some of our favorite community holiday photos from the past month. Happy holidays from the U.K. Stars and Stripes staff. We’ll see you next year.