NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 13, 2013)
– En route to Washington D.C. from it’s home in Washington State,
Nashvillians will have the unique opportunity of experiencing the 2013
Capitol Christmas Tree in person during the tree’s scheduled Whistle
Stop in the Macy’s parking lot of CoolSprings Galleria on November 20th
from 3:30-6:30pm. Understanding an event in Nashville wouldn’t be a true
event without live music, the Truckload Carrier’s Association (TCA) has
announced performances by their Highway Angel program spokesperson
Lindsay Lawler and Six-time Vocal Group Of The Year Diamond Rio.
year’s Capitol Christmas Tree is making its way from Colville National
Forest in Northeast Washington State, where it was harvested on November
1st, to the West Front Lawn of the United States Capitol, where House
Speaker John Boehner will oversee a special tree lighting ceremony in
early December. Lawler will also be on-hand at the tree lighting to
perform the official Capitol Christmas Tree song “Standing Tall”,
written by herself and Warner Chappell writer Chris Roberts.
year’s Nashville Whistle Stop will offer holiday shoppers a glimpse of
the 88-foot Engleman spruce, decorated in ornaments created by
Washington youth aged 5-19 to fit this year’s theme of “Sharing
Washington’s Good Nature” through windows in it’s 100-foot Mack truck
transport. The official 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree commemorative
ornament and pin will be available for purchase.
was such an honor to be a part of Capitol Christmas Tree last year, and
to return for the 2013 tree is even more special,” said Lawler. “To
sing alongside this magnificent, powerful symbol for our country,
especially in my hometown of Nashville and our nation’s capitol, is
something I will remember for the rest of my life.”
tradition of the Capitol Christmas Tree began in 1964, when Speaker of
the House John W. McCormack decorated a live Christmas tree on the
Capitol lawn. In 1970, the U.S. Forest Preserve began providing the
tree, each year choosing a different national forest. This year marks
the second time Washington State has provided a tree: in 2006, a Pacific
silver fir was provided by the Olympic National Forest.
recently wrapped up her Highway Angel Truck Stop Tour with the TCA and
TravelCenters of America/Petro Stopping Centers. The 26-city tour,
geared toward driver appreciation and improved trucking industry image,
ended with a performance at the TravelCenters of America location in
Music City last month.