Christmas comes early thanks to Mack Trucks
After completing a journey of more than 5,000 miles on the back of a Mack Pinnacle model, the 2013 Capitol Christmas tree was lit in an official ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 3. The tree traveled from the Colville National Forest in the state of Washington to the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol, making stops in communities across the country.
Speaker of the House John Boehner led the ceremony and flipped the switch with the help of six-year old Giovanni Gayner. The 88-foot Engelmann Spruce was hand-selected from a pool of candidate trees suggested by Colville National Forest employees. Gayner is a student at Hofstetter School in Colville, Wash., and his name was drawn at random from the many children in Washington State who participated in this year’ ornament making. More than 6,000 ornaments adorn the tree.
The 80-year-old tree was delivered on Nov. 25 and was lowered by crane into place on the west lawn where it will delight passersby throughout the holiday season.
As a sponsor Mack provided two Mack Pinnacle models. Both were distinctively decaled with the 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree tour logo and patriotic images of a sturdy bulldog pulling a Christmas tree. Mack has provided trucks for the tour several times, most recently in 2011 and 2012.
“Being a part of the Capitol Christmas Tree tour is a privilege,” said John Walsh, Mack vice president of marketing. “Our highway trucks are built for jobs like this – oversized cargo, difficult terrain and long distances.”