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By J.G. Noll

Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after driving the Greeks from the city. It consists of eight days of celebrations, to imitate the miracle at the dedication where the Jewish people had only enough oil for one night, yet it burned for eight.

All over the world, Jewish service members and their families will begin celebrating Hanukkah on the 24th at sundown. These photos offer a glimpse into traditions at home and abroad, on bases and boats, with family and alone.

1. A rabbi with the 32nd Air Expeditionary Wing Chapel lights celebrates the 8th day of Hanukkah in Iraq. 

12 touching photos that show how service members celebrate Hanukkah
Photo: DVIDS

2. An Air Force Reserve family participates in a community celebration at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

12 touching photos that show how service members celebrate Hanukkah
Photo: DVIDS, Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen

3. A variety of menorahs light the darkness for the Jewish members of Joint Task Force Guantanamo and Naval Station.

12 touching photos that show how service members celebrate Hanukkah
Photo: DVIDS

4. A shamash is lit and will be used to light the other candles on the menorah.

12 touching photos that show how service members celebrate Hanukkah
Photo: DVIDS

5. Service members share in the tradition of fried foods, including doughnuts, during Hanukkah celebrations.

12 touching photos that show how service members celebrate Hanukkah
Photo: DVIDS

6. Members of the military find time to take part in centuries old traditions.

12 touching photos that show how service members celebrate Hanukkah
Photo: DVIDS

7. A chaplain presides over a Hanukkah celebration in Afghanistan.

12 touching photos that show how service members celebrate Hanukkah
Photo: DVIDS

8. The menorah is lit on a missile destroyer in the Arabian Gulf.

12 touching photos that show how service members celebrate Hanukkah
Photo: DVIDS, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Jackson

9. Military families practice Jewish traditions at an inter-faith get together in Aviano, Italy.

12 touching photos that show how service members celebrate Hanukkah
Photo: DVIDS, Airman 1st Class Cary Smith

10. Sailors on the USS George Washington take time on the first day of Hanukkah.

12 touching photos that show how service members celebrate Hanukkah
Photo: DVIDS, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Nelson

11. A menorah is lit in Liberia.

12 touching photos that show how service members celebrate Hanukkah
Photo: DVIDS, Sgt. Matt Britton

12. Service members in Africa participate in a teleconferenced Hannukkah service.

12 touching photos that show how service members celebrate Hanukkah
Photo: DVIDS,  Spc. Caitlyn Byrne

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