Thousands turned out for a special ceremony marking the first night of Hanukkah. "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band performed as the National Menorah, situated on the Ellipse near the White House, was lit. (Dec. 20)
[Location - Date:Washington - December 20][Source:Pool][VO:Men including OMB director Jacob Lew on a lift, lighting menorah][INSERT: Wire Copy]WASHINGTON (AP) _ A special lighting ceremony is planned for the National Hanukkah Menorah near the White House on the first night of the eight-day Jewish holiday. On Tuesday, Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew will be a special guest to help light the menorah on the Ellipse. The lighting is scheduled for 4 p.m. Organizers say thousands of people are scheduled to attend. "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band will perform. The national menorah lighting dates to 1979 when Jimmy Carter was president. President Ronald Reagan dubbed it the "National Menorah." Free tickets are available online. Those who attend will get hot Hanukkah latkes and doughnuts. Free personal menorah kits will also be distributed.