After a 5,000 mile journey from a forest in Colorado, the Capitol Christmas Tree arrived at its destination in Washington, DC, today. Behind the wheel of the Mack truck that got it there was OOIDA Life Member and former U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell.
On the grounds of the Capitol building this morning when the 73-foot Engelmann spruce arrived was Land Line Field Editor Suzanne Stempinski, who joined the convoy Saturday morning in Allentown, PA.
PHOTO BY SUZANNE STEMPINSKI
“It was lovingly unloaded by the tree’s U.S. Forestry escorts and is now upright on the west lawn of the Capitol Building,” she said.
It was presented today to the Architect of the Capitol, Stephen T. Ayers. The AOC is the federal agency tasked with the maintenance, operation and preservation of the U.S. Capitol complex.
Stempinski reports that the tree will now be decorated with thousands of ornaments made by Colorado schoolchildren and will be strung with at least 7,000 LED lights.
On Dec. 4, the tree will be presented to the U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, who will throw the switch and light up the Capitol Christmas Tree.
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