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Representing one of the most patriotic industries in the country, TCA has proudly sponsored the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree since 2012. Transportation of the immense tree from its home forest to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol is an annual tradition that began some 50 years ago.
As part the cross-country journey made on its way to Washington, DC each year, the tree makes stops in dozens of communities along the route. To showcase trucking’s involvement in transporting the tree, TCA works to coordinate stops at major public events.
At noon on October 27, the journey of the 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, also known as "The People's Tree" began with the official cutting ceremony in the Chugach National Forest near Seward, Alaska. The 74’ Lutz Spruce was the first U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to come from Alaska, and also the first to be transported by sea.
"The People's Tree" covered roughly 4,000 miles, including ocean transport from Anchorage to Seattle. Along the route, the tree made 13 stops before reaching its destination on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
The lighting of the tree took place at 5 p.m. ET on December 2, 2015.
Coordination of the 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree project was a joint effort between the Chugach National Forest and ChooseOutdoors.org, a non-profit organization that advocates "Connecting Americans to Public Lands through Outdoor Recreation."
For the fourth year in a row, TCA worked with several major players in the trucking industry to coordinate the logistics of bringing the tree to many communities along its route to Washington, DC. This year, TCA and Garner Transportation Group hosted a whistle stop in Findlay, Ohio on November 16, 2015.
TCA member, SkyBitz, a provider of satellite-based trailer tracking, will once again provide the public with access to real-time tracking of the tree's journey at TrackTheTree.com on the web.
For more information about the 2016 tour, be sure to follow @TCANews on Twitter.