It's taken a massive amount of time and effort to coordinate
the transportation of this year's Capitol Christmas tree - a 65-foot long
Pacific silver fir - to Washington, DC. Now that it's arrived safely, it's time
to get out the decorations.
That's the task ahead for the U.S. Capitol Landscape
Architecture staff, the group who will be in charge of stringing more than
10,000 lights on the fir and hanging 3,000 ornaments handmade by Washington
The tree was delivered to the Capitol grounds in DC Monday
by OOIDA member Gordy Grove, Langley, WA. Grove drives for National Van Lines
and was chosen to haul this year's tree from his home state of Washington. He told Land Line he was honored to be asked to drive the tree and to be
part of this year's ceremonies.
"Gordy delivered the tree safely yesterday (Monday) and all
went well," said Roger Harl, vice president of operations for National Van
Lines, the primary sponsor for this year's event.
"It was definitely an honor to be chosen to do this," Grove
said. "It was a totally different experience for me. It was interesting and a
lot of fun and I had a nice time doing it."
Grove told Land Line there were some "tight" turns he
had to make a long the way, but that he managed to safely maneuver the 80-foot
trailer that was specially designed to haul this year's tree.
Jorja Coulter, vice president of marketing for National Van
Lines, said that the total length of the tractor-trailer is 95 feet.
"Gordy did an excellent job of driving the tree for us," she
said. "Imagine, trying to drive something that is approximately seven
car-lengths long across country."
Grove will be National Van Line's featured guest at the tree
lighting on Dec. 6. Other sponsors include Fontaine Trailer, which designed an
80-foot expandable trailer to accommodate the tree's size, and Skybitz, which
included a satellite locating system installed in the trailer to track the
The caravan also included a trailer, which hauled 65
companion trees to be put in various buildings on Capitol Hill.
- Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer