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Vermont tree heads to D.C.

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is scheduled to arrive at the West Front of the Capitol along First Street, N.W., at approximately 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 26. Once it is secured in the ground, the tree will be decorated with more than 4,500 ornaments crafted by people from across Vermont that reflects this years theme, Bringing an Old Fashioned Holiday to the Nation. The ornaments will depict the states heritage, historical events or people, and natural resources. This years treea 55-foot balsam firis coming from Vermonts Green Mountain National Forest. The tree will be harvested later this month and will make its trek along the East Coast on its way to Washington, D.C. The tree will be lit during a ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 5 on the West Front lawn of the U.S. Capitol beginning at 5 p.m. Acting Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, AIA, will serve as master of ceremonies. The Capitol Christmas Tree has been a tradition at the U.S. Capitol since 1964. The tree will be lit from night fall until 11 p.m. each evening through Jan. 1.

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