Christmas tree arrives: Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives

Published: November 21, 2015

Christmas tree arrives: Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives, The Capitol Christmas tree finally arrived at the Capitol today after a journey across the United States.

After a 4,000 mile expedition that began in Alaska, the 70-ft. Lutz spruce has found its new home at the U.S. Capitol.

“I’m amped, I’m still ready to go,” said John Schank, the truck driver who hauled the tree across the States. “Give me another one and we’ll do her again.”

Schank had the honor of driving the 90-year old “People’s Tree” from Chugach National Forest in Alaska. The trip spanned three weeks and hit 11 cities along the way, eventually arriving at its final stop in Washington where it was lifted off of his truck by a crane.

Last year’s Alaska “Truck Driver of the Year”, Schank says he’s driven over 5 million miles in Alaska. He says being chosen to drive the first Alaskan Capitol Christmas Tree to D.C. was an honor for him and his state. He says the trip was very smooth, and the tree arrived in great condition.

“It’s a once in a lifetime deal,” said Schank. “Opportunity comes up like this you can’t say no. You gotta do it.”

The tree will be decorated with thousands of ornaments, handcrafted by children and others in Alaskan communities. The lighting ceremony will take place on December 2nd.

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