Capitol tree leaves Seattle for Washington, DC

| 11/17/2006

OOIDA member Gordy Grove of Langley, WA, set off from Seattle, WA, Friday morning with an important mission - he's delivering the 65-foot-tall Christmas tree that will stand outside the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC.

Grove, who is an owner-operator who leases to National Van Lines, is hauling the hand-picked tree on its 10-day cross-country trip on an 80-foot flatbed trailer.

The selected tree is a Pacific Silver Fir from Washington state's Olympic Peninsula.

Another 65 trees have also been selected to make the trip to Washington, DC. These trees will be displayed in various building on Capitol Hill, including the Supreme Court building. National Van Lines is also handling the companion trees and handcrafted ornaments. The driver of that truck is Willie Perry.

National Van Lines is this year's primary event sponsor. Fontaine Trailer has donated the use of a specially‐designed, expandable trailer to accommodate the unusual length of the tree. The journey will begin Nov. 17.

The tour will go through Boise, ID; Salt Lake City, UT; Cheyenne, WY; Omaha, NE; Chicago, IL; Pittsburgh, PA; Baltimore, MD and finally to Washington, DC.

The caravan is scheduled to arrive in Washington, DC, on Nov. 27, and the big lighting ceremony will be held on Dec. 6.