A great honor for a great lady: NBC Bay Area reports the nation’s oldest National Parker Ranger, 94-years-young Betty Reid Soskin, will do the honor of lighting the national Christmas tree and introduce President Obama at the ceremony on Dec. 3 in Washington. Reid Soskin is a Bay Area girl and works as a ranger at the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historic Park in Richmond.
“I was stunned,” said Betty Reid Soskin, 94, who before the request was having a pretty off day last week while working as an interpretive park ranger at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historic Park in Richmond, California. During World War II, Soskin worked as a clerk for the all-black Boilermakers A-36.
Soskin said that not only was she invited to attend the Dec. 3 tree lighting, but she was asked to introduce the president of the United States. The National Park Service has not formally announced the full guest list yet. The event will be streamed online.
Folks in her hometown are thrilled. But not surprised.