There’s nothing like the holidays to stir up loving memories and best wishes. And what better way to end the year than the Christmas tree lighting that drew thousands to the Forum last week? It was, for Councilman Eloy Morales, the epitome of what he holds dear—family, cultural diversity, and holiday tradition.
The District 3 councilman was elected to office in 2003. He has attended tree lightings every year, but 2014 was different, he said.
“I took my children to the tree lighting this year for the first time. As far as I can remember, one of them had to go to soccer practice or do something. I never had all three of them together. So this year was very special,” Morales said.
Aside from being the largest holiday ceremony Inglewood has seen, Morales experienced the “peace on earth and good will toward men” which goes to the heart of the season. It all begins, he said with people accepting each other and learning to live in harmony.
“As I looked around and saw the kids of so many different backgrounds, it was evident. We are a city that has learned to work with each other. From the time we had our first Hispanic Fiesta and Martin Luther King holiday, Inglewood has evolved as a diverse city. The population is nearly half-Latino, half-African American, but there are also Asians and Caucasians too.”
Raised in Inglewood since 1977, Morales said he grew up as a proud Latino. Cultural pride was instilled into him as a child. Now, with his own children, that pride includes living in Inglewood.
“My Christmas wish for my children is that they look around and see the beauty in this city. I want them to see the value that community service brings.”
He added, “My kids—they love Inglewood, they are proud of it…and I am proud of that! Sometimes when we’re out of the city, we may be near a Yogurtland, and they want to go to the Yogurtland in Inglewood.”
Peace in Inglewood, and good will toward men of all colors. Yes, we like the sound of that.