System Transport, D.M. Bowman, Inc., Town of Williamsport, and Visit Hagerstown Recognized for Contributions to 2021 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Initiative


System Transport and Three Maryland Organizations Receive Token of Appreciation for Their Efforts

LAS VEGAS, Nevada:

D.M. Bowman, Inc. of Williamsport, Maryland, Visit Hagerstown – Washington County Conventions & Visitors Bureau of Hagerstown, Maryland, and the Town of Williamsport, were recognized for their contributions to the 2021 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree initiative during TCA’s Annual Convention — Truckload 2022: Las Vegas.

A “2021 Whistle Stop Award” was presented to D.M. Bowman, Inc.’s President and TCA Chairman Jim Ward and D.M. Bowman representatives; Town of Williamsport’s Main Street Manager Kathyrn Gratton; and Visit Hagerstown’s Director of Marketing & Communications Betsy DeVore for helping to plan TCA’s whistle stop.

A “2021 Joyous Journey Award” was presented to System Transport, who transported the tree more than 3,000 miles last Fall.

“The People’s Tree,” an 84-foot White Fir, was harvested from the Six Rivers National Forest in California and concluded its journey on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. The 2021 journey included dozens of community celebrations.

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree initiative is a 50-year tradition in which one of our 155 national forests provides a tree for the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the holiday season. The project is made possible through support from partners including non-profit Choose Outdoors along with cash and in-kind contributions from companies large and small, as well as volunteers locally and across America.

The Williamsport whistle stop featured remarks by FMCSA then-Deputy Administrator Meera Joshi; personal markers to sign the tree’s banner; Santa and Mrs. Claus; Balloon animals by Rick Reed Magic & Balloons; Christmas carolers; Live remote broadcasts from WWEG, 106.9 The Eagle; WAFY Key 103, Max Country 100.5/93.5; 102.1More FM; and WARK 98.9FM; three commemorative ornaments for purchase; Hot cocoa station; Local food and beverage vendors; and a Toys 4 Tots donation drive.

To view photos from the whistle stop and historic events, visit

The National Forests in North Carolina will provide the 2022 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree which will be transported by a truckload carrier that has not yet been chosen. This is the third time the National Forests in North Carolina will provide the tree, having previously provided the tree in 1998 and 1974.

For more information about the initiative, visit

View photos and updates from Truckload 2022: Las Vegas by following the hashtag #2022TCA on social media networks or access our event album here.