WASHINGTON TREE SELECTED
FOR U.S. CAPITOL
Each year, the U.S. Forest Service selects a majestic evergreen tree to serve as the official Christmas tree to be displayed at the U.S. Capitol during the holiday season.
This year, the Colville National Forest in eastern Washington has been chosen to provide the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.
The tree, an 88-foot tall Englemann spruce, will be cut on November 1. The tree will then be wrapped in protective material for its cross-country journey to Washington DC.
On its way to our nation's capital, the tree will make 11 stops in different Washington cities and, then, 15 more stops in cities across the country. At each stop, the public is enthusiastically invited and encouraged to come and view the tree and sign a banner that will accompany the tree to the U.S. Capitol. Each city along the route is planning a public celebration for the tree's visit.
Here is the list of Washington cities, and the approximate visitation-times, for the tree's journey:
11/1 - Newport - 2 pm
11/5 - Colville - 10 am-noon
11/5 - Spokane - 3-5 pm
11/6 - Republic - 10:30 am-12:30 pm
11/6 - Wenatchee - 4-6 pm
11/7 - Yakima - 10:30 am-12:30 pm
11/7 - Snoqualmie - 3:30-5:30 pm
11/8 - Snohomish Co - 10 am-noon
11/8 - Olympia - 3-5 pm
11/9 - Vancouver - 9 am-noon
11/9 - Kennewick - 4-5:30 pm
Here is the list of city stops, along the route, outside Washington:
11/10 - Boise, ID
11/11 - Ogden, UT @ Treehouse Museum
11/12 - Spanish Fork, UT
11/13 - St. George, UT
11/14 - TBD
11/15 - Albuquerque, NM
11/16 - Amarillo, TX
11/18 - Dallas, TX @ American Airline Center, Mavericks game
11/19 - Little Rock, AR
11/20 - Nashville, TN
11/21 - Knoxville, TN
11/22 - Roanoke, VA
11/23 - Hagerstown, MD & Allentown, PA @ Mack Truck HQ
11/24 - Andrews Air Force Base
11/25 - Deliver to the U.S. Capitol.
In Spokane, the tree will make a two-hour stop on November 5 from
3-5 pm. There will be a few brief remarks at 3 pm, a color guard
presentation and singing from a children's choir.
At each stop, the U.S. Forest Service will present a gift bag to representatives from that city. The gift bags will include mementos from the Washington cities along the tree route.
Accompanying the tree will be U.S. Forest Service icons for fire prevention and conservation, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl. "Companion trees" for offices around the Capitol will also travel with the tree.
Once it arrives at its destination, the tree will be decorated with more than 5,000 handmade ornaments from Washington school children. One child (5-19 years old) will be chosen to light the tree at a ceremony with U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner.
For more information, visit CapitolChristmasTree.com.