Capitol Christmas Tree Visits Marietta

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The Hometown Holiday season kicks off with the 2014 Capitol Christmas Tree making a stop in Marietta.

It was a grand entrance into downtown escorted by the Marietta Police and Fire Departments, Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Honor Guard and more.

All the way from north central Minnesota, this year the tree was cut from the Chippewa National Forest.

The peoples tree, is 88 feet tall and 88 years old.

The tree was in Charleston,WV Monday night and it only has two more stops after Marietta before reaching the final destination, the United States Capitol.

"Whats really fun for us is this is an opportunity for us to bring a piece of the forest to the people. Right in Marietta's own backyard, is the Wayne National Forest. A great place for people to recreate, have fun, enjoy our natural culture resources and to be able to bring a piece of it to the town of Marietta is just that much more exciting," said Mike Theun, Chippewa National Forest.

The last time Marietta saw the yearly tree was in 1987, when the Capitol Christmas Tree was selected from the Wayne National Forest in Southeastern Ohio.

Theun says a neat piece to the traveling tree is that the community gets to sign the trailer and this year the tree will bring a piece of Marietta to Washington DC.

The city held a ceremony to celebrate this rare and historic event.

Smokey the bear, Santa and Mrs. Clause, the Marietta High School Band and Choir were all in attendance.

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