“From the mountains to the sea” and “from the National Forests in North Carolina” to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, one lucky truck holds this year’s honor of transporting a priceless piece of cargo—the 2022 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.
Every year, a selected carrier bears the responsibility of bringing holiday cheer to our nation’s lawmakers—the likes of whom could use it the most.
This year, Hardy Brothers Trucking, based in Siloam, NC, was the chosen one. Among its fleets, the carrier selected drivers Harold and Deborah Kingdon, husband-and-wife, to be at the wheel for this once-in-a-lifetime haul.
A special truck for a special occasion
While no doubt a festive affair, this was still business as usual—get the load to the destination.
And, the load was big. The destined Capitol Christmas Tree is a 78-foot tall Red Spruce, which was harvested earlier in the month from the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina.
Such a task requires a noble steed. Luckily, the Kingdons are driving a Kenworth T680 Next Gen. The truck is equipped with advanced driver assistance systems, customized digital displays, full LED lighting, and (most importantly for the Kingdons) a comfortable cab and sleeper.
In addition to these practical features, the truck has also been upgraded with some festive flair.
On both the driver and passenger side, the truck’s cab is adorned with a custom livery. Boldened words are strewn across—“U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree From the Mountains to the Sea” and “From the National Forests in North Carolina”—as the backdrop displays an ethereal Appalachian sunset—a hallmark of Carolina’s beauty.
From North Carolina to the West Lawn
The Christmas Tree’s journey began earlier in the month. But this was not a typical “Point A to Point B” haul. This is a special occasion that calls for pomp and celebration.
Starting all the way back on November 5, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour kicked off. Throughout the month, the Kingdon’s stopped at various North Carolina communities. From high schools to veteran homes, all walks of life were afforded a chance to see this epic tree that was grown right in their state.
Eventually, the load was delivered last Friday, November 18, to the West Lawn at the U.S. Capitol building. This leaves a comfortable two-week window to prepare for the official lighting ceremony on November 30.
Smaller companion trees have also been delivered to decorate the U.S. Capitol and other government sites throughout Washington, D.C.
Truly one of North Carolina’s prides, its residents are also invited to make handmade ornaments to help garnish the Appalachian-born Red Spruce tree as it now ends it journey on the West Lawn.
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