TCA Recognized for its Continued Support of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree


Washington, DC:

On Thursday, December 7, the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree was lit on the West Lawn of the Capitol by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and fourth-grader Brigette Harrington from Hillsboro, Oregon. “The People’s Tree,” adorned with 10,000 ornaments and topped with a large copper star, will be shining brightly for all to see from dusk until 11 p.m. each evening throughout the holiday season.


Additionally, earlier in the week, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) was recognized during the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Partner Reception for its continuing support. The event was held Monday, December 3 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. View photos from the event. 


During the reception, President and Founder of Choose Outdoors Bruce Ward, as well as U.S. Forest Service Honorary Forest Ranger and 30-year keyboardist for the Rolling Stones Chuck Leavell, bestowed an award to TCA’s Senior Director of Outreach & Engagement Marli Hall and TCA’s Government Affairs Manager Kathryn Sanner.


The Tree’s journey was made possible by TCA member and 2018 Best Fleets to Drive For Small Carrier Category Winner Central Oregon Truck Company. The trucking company’s Chief Operating Officer Rick Williams and his team transported the 80-foot Noble Fir 3,000 miles from the Willamette National Forest in Oregon to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.


“Thanks to TCA, we’ve assembled a trucking community ‘dream team’ — one that helps to create a greater understanding that the industry is truly about Moving America Forward,” says Ward. “We’re proud to partner with the outstanding carriers and professional truck drivers of this nation who transport not only our goods but the ‘The People’s Tree.’”


As in years past, TCA member companies hosted “whistle stops” at points along the Tree’s route. This year’s events included a stop in Kansas City, Missouri hosted by Meritor, Inc. and MHC Kenworth, as well as a stop in Harrison, Ohio hosted by Searcy Specialized, the City of Harrison, and TCA Chairman Dan Doran. Whistle stop attendees had the opportunity to sign the trailer banner, learn about the Willamette National Forest in Oregon, participate in holiday-themed activities, purchase merchandise, and more.


The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree has been a tradition at the U.S. Capitol since 1964.