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2019 City of Monroe Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony | November 18
U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to Visit Monroe, Louisiana, During 2019 Tour
“People’s Tree” Delivering Enchantment on cross-country journey from New Mexico to Washington D.C.
Monroe, Louisiana (10/18/19) – Every year, a different national forest is selected to provide a tree to appear on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building for the holiday season. The Carson National Forest in partnership with nonprofit partner Choose Outdoors will bring this special gift from New Mexico to Washington, D.C. for the 2019 season, involving more than 25 communities along the way including an appearance in Monroe, Louisiana, Monday, November 18, 2019, from 5:00 pm until 7:00 p.m. at the Monroe Civic Center, located at 401 Lea Joyner Expressway.
Festivities during the tree’s visit to Monroe, LA on (November 18) will include the City of Monroe annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, Christmas songs featuring the J.S. Clark Elementary School Choir, Hot Chocolate & Cookies, holiday characters provided by KNOE TV- 8, a guest appearance by Santa Claus, and the first 500 visitors will receive a FREE Christmas ornament. Activities are open to the public and free for all to enjoy.
Mayor Jamie Mayo says, “We are honored and Monroe Proud that the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will visit our city on its journey to Washington, D.C. Our community looks forward to being a part of this gift to the nation and the joy it will bring to our own community this holiday.”
Under the theme of Delivering Enchantment, the 60-foot tall Blue Spruce will be cut on the Questa Ranger District on November 6 and prepared for the 2,000-mile expedition. The journey will include a series of community celebrations November 11-25 throughout New Mexico and across the U.S. and culminate with the official tree lighting on the West Lawn in early December. Smaller companion trees also will be provided to decorate offices inside of the U.S. Capitol building and other sites throughout Washington, D.C., along with 10,000 handmade ornaments created by New Mexicans.
The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is made possible with cash and in-kind contributions from companies large and small as well as volunteers locally and across America, who provide vital support of time and resources. Sponsors include Kenworth Truck Company, Wilbanks Trucking Services, LLC, Spireon, Inc., Elvis Duran & Alex Carr, Hale Trailer, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Alaska Airlines, Meritor, PNM Resources, TravelCenters of America, Truckload Carriers Association, Great West Casualty Company, Taos County, New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, National Forest Foundation, Christmas Tree Promotion Board, National Press Club and LexisNexis VitalChek Network, Inc.
“We are grateful to the host cities, such as the City of Monroe, who play a vital part of bringing the tree across the country and this annual celebration”, said Bruce Ward, President, Choose Outdoors.
For news, events and tour information, and to track the tree’s cross-country, visit uscapitolchristmastree.com, along with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.