BECKLEY, WV (LOOTPRESS) – The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree made a special stop on Tuesday at Beckley’s Tamarack Marketplace en route to the nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Members of the West Virginia and U.S. Forest Services were on hand as the 63-foot (19-meter) Norway spruce from the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia was presented to community members on Tuesday.
“We are just so proud to have West Virginia honored at our nation’s capital,” said Governor Jim Justice said earlier this week of the tree’s selection. “This is a great opportunity to come out and try out some of the amazing things we have available in our state this time of year.”
Also present on Tuesday were members of the West Virginia State Police, Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office, Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce, Air Evac, and The Salvation Army of Beckley.
Entertainment was provided by the Woodrow Wilson High School Marching Band, and the event saw appearances from the likes of Secretary of Transportation Jimmy Wriston, Regional Coordinator from Senator Manchin’s Office, Alex Hewitt, each of whom signed the tree’s banner along with members of the public.
The Capitol Christmas Tree’s Tamarack stop featured a winter coat drive, along with a hot chocolate station with complimentary mints and coloring supplies to be enjoyed by those in attendance.
The holiday symbol, currently on its way to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to be the Christmas tree for 2023, is making stops in cities through the Mountain State as it travels.
The tree was selected by Jim Kaufmann, Director of the Capitol Grounds for the Architect of the Capitol, according to the USDA Forest Service. The tree has been selected as part of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree initiative a 53-year tradition in which one of America’s 154 national forests provides a tree for the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the holiday season.
To learn more about the Capitol Christmas Tree as it continues its journey, visit the Capitol Christmas Tree website.