“Our Lady of Victories” (the Portland Sailors and Soldiers Monument) watches as the city’s Christmas tree is lifted off a flatbed truck Nov. 16 to its perch on Monument Square in preparation for the annual tree-lighting celebration on Friday, Nov. 24. The 4,800-pound balsam fir is 42 feet tall and was donated by Janice Laflamme of Westbrook. (Diane Hudson / For The Forecaster)

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