Is it too soon?

84 Lumber, one of the nation's largest privately held building and roofing materials suppliers, announced last week it would sponsor the 2023 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree by delivering a towering pine from the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia to the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. this holiday season. 

In an early news release, 84 Lumber announced ahead of the holiday rush — and even the start of summer — that the company will be sponsoring for the second consecutive year what is affectionately known as "The People's Tree."

"We are honored to be a part of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree initiative, which provides the opportunity to celebrate the spirit of the season and brings our great country together during the holidays," said 84 Lumber Owner and CEO Maggie Hardy. "'The People's Tree' is a national treasure, and 84 Lumber and our associates nationwide are proud to help bring the tree to Washington, D.C., to be enjoyed by everyone."

Bruce Ward, president of Choose Outdoors, the non-profit partner of the USDA Forest Service, said, "The annual journey is only possible with the help of sponsors from both the public and private sectors; we're grateful for the time and resources that 84 Lumber and all our invaluable partners are providing to help make this the best tour to date."

Monongahela National Forest.pngMonongahela National Forest will provide the 2023 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree on behalf of the USDA Forest Service, kicking off a year-long celebration with the theme of "Endlessly Wild & Wonderful" to connect people to West Virginia's public lands.

Each year, a tree is selected from a different national forest. The Monongahela National Forest was the first national forest to provide "The People's Tree" on behalf of the Forest Service in 1970 and again in 1976. The release stated that this year will be the third time West Virginia will have the distinction.

84 Lumber will host a “special stopover” for the tree in November at its newly expanded location in Morgantown, W. Va.; the company has 14 locations in the state.  

The company said it would honor military servicepeople at a second stopover at the end of the tree's journey at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, the final stop on the tree's trip to Washington, D.C., where it will be unwrapped and transported to the U.S. Capitol.

The tree lighting ceremony will take place in late November, and the tree will light up the West Lawn from nightfall until 11 p.m. each evening until January 1, 2024.

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