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U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to be lit Tuesday

CHARLESTON — West Virginians can admire a product of the state being lit up on Tuesday because the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

The 63-foot Norway Spruce got here from the Monongahela Nationwide Forest and was carried on a specifically geared up tractor-trailer to be displayed in communities round West Virginia earlier than reaching its final vacation spot on the U.S. Capitol.

The lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, a time-honored custom of greater than 50 years, will happen throughout a 5 p.m. Tuesday ceremony on the West Entrance Garden.

West Virginia’s congressional delegation will collect for the ceremony. The Richwood Excessive Faculty Marching Band has been invited to take part within the tree-lighting ceremony as properly to signify the Mountain State.

Following the ceremony, the Christmas tree will then be lit from nightfall till 11 p.m. every night by means of New Yr’s Day. Visiting the tree is free and open to the general public. No ticket is required.

That is the third time West Virginia and the Monongahela Nationwide Forest has supplied the usCapitol Christmas Tree, which is minimize on a special Nationwide Forest yearly someplace within the nation.

West Virginia supplied the bushes in 1970, which was the primary time the Forest Service supplied the tree, and once more in 1976.

The Capitol Christmas Tree is being embellished with 5,000 ornaments by a whole bunch of youngsters and volunteers from West Virginia, its residence state, so it’s nicknamed The Individuals’s Tree.

In the meantime, West Virginia is supplying one other Christmas tree for the White Home, too.

That occurred when the Monongahela Nationwide Forest bought a name from the headquarters in Washington asking for assist. The White Home Christmas Tree, which is a everlasting tree on the White Home Ellipse, had died of a illness. So, a alternative was wanted.

The 42-foot Tucker County tree had been thought-about as an choice for the U.S. Capitol however was rejected for being too brief. However it was an awesome choice for the White Home.

So for the primary time in historical past, West Virginia has supplied each the Capitol Christmas Tree and the White Home Christmas tree in the identical yr.

“Let me inform you one factor, we bought two of them coming from our nationwide forest — the nationwide Christmas tree and the one for the White Home,” U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., stated final week on “Panhandle Stay” on WEPM Radio.

“They got here proper again to West Virginia to do each of them, so we’re lighting up the entire Christmas for the Capitol if you’ll. I’m excited. I’m actually enthusiastic about that.”