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Capitol Christmas Tree plans a stop in Roanoke

By Web Staff, WDBJ7, news@wdbj7.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:16:05 PM EST
Updated On: Nov 22 2013 05:45:08 PM EST

The tree was cut in Washington State and it's made stops throughout the country on its way to the D.C.

ROANOKE, Va. -

The 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, a gift from Washington State, will be stopping in Roanoke on Friday, November 22, 2013 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Everyone is invited to come see the tree in downtown Roanoke on Franklin Road between Williamson Road and Jefferson Street.

There will be an opportunity to sign the huge banners that accompany the tree with your holiday message for America.

Employees of Colville National Forest and George Washington & Jefferson National Forests will be available to answer your questions and share in the celebration.

The 2013 theme "Sharing Washington's Good Nature" highlights the natural resources, scenic beauty and amazing people in Washington State. "This tree is Washington's gift to the nation and people throughout the state are excited by this honor." said U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Coordinator Jennifer Knutson.

Please know that everyone is invited to come be a part of history when the tree caravan stops in Roanoke.

This is the second time the Evergreen State has supplied U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree , the 2008 tree came from western Washington (Olympic National Forest).

The tree is an 88-foot tall Engelmann Spruce; there are also 65 'companion' trees, tree skirts and thousands of ornaments going east.

Schoolchildren and citizens of Washington donated all these items so that the tree reflects the people and culture of Washington State.

Private sponsors have donated labor, funding, transportation and other items to make this possible.

The tree will visit dozens of communities before arriving in D.C. on November 25, 2013.

After approximately a week of preparation, the tree will be lit to great fanfare; the time and date of the lightning will be announced by the Speaker of the House.

Joining the Speaker in lighting with tree will be six year old Giovanni Gaynor, a first-grader from Colville, WA, and members of the Washington Congressional Delegation.

Giovanni won the trip to D.C. when his name was chosen from among the children who made ornaments for the tree.

Virginia provided the Capitol Christmas Tree in 2004, delivering a 70-foot red spruce from the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.